Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today directed the administration to take all requisite measures for ensuring safety of life of the people in areas hit by shelling from across the border.
“Food, temporary shelter, transportation, medical facilities and supply of drinking water should be made available at the camps established for border people who have migrated for heavy shelling from their areas,” Omar directed the Divisional Administration of Jammu region. Omar today conducted a meeting via video conferencing with the Divisional Commissioner, Inspector General and Deputy Commissioner Jammu.
The Chief Minister received brief about the arrangements made to safeguard the lives of border people under the shelling from across the border.
Omar was informed that 24 temporary camps have been established in Jammu, Samba and Kathua Districts at safer places for the families hit by the shelling and over 7,000 people are residing in these camps.
It was stated that free food, medicine, blankets and other requirements are being provided to the inmates of these camps.
The Chief Minister directed identification of more places of shelter so they are utilised in the hour of need.
Private banquet halls and other accommodation should be identified for providing shelter to the affected, he said.
The Chief Minister directed the Divisional Commissioner to sensitize all the concerned Deputy Commissioners in this regard and ensure that people migrating from the shelling-hit areas do not face any difficulty on account of food, shelter, medicine, drinking water and other such requirements.
Surplus ambulances from other districts should be put in operation for the shelling affected people, he said.
He asked the Divisional Commissioner to take Health Department on board in this regard. Omar also directed for making arrangements for establishing temporary camps for cattle.
Sheep and Animal Husbandry Department should be associated in this regard to arrange fodder and medical treatment for the cattle, he said.
The Chief Minister has directed for immediate release of compensation to the affected families for loss of precious human lives as also for the loss of cattle.
“Money is no problem in this respect, you only ensure release of compensation and safeguarding the lives of people,” he asserted saying that the funds required in this regard will be released urgently.
The Chief Minister has already announced three months free ration for the affected families. Omar received brief on the current firing situation in Samba, Kathua, Jammu, Poonch and other areas.
He was informed about the deaths and those injured in the firing and shelling across the border. Two women of a family were today killed and 15 others injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.