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Border shelling: CM reviews situation in Jammu

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JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday reviewed the situation arising out of intermittent cross-border firing in the Jammu region, at a high level meeting here.
Chief Secretary, B R Sharma, Financial Commissioner Planning and Principal Secretary to CM, B B Vyas, GOC 16 Corps, Lt General A K Sharma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal, IGP Jammu, Danesh Rana and senior officers of BSF, Deputy Commissioners of Jammu, Samba and Kathua besides senior officers of Police were also present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister sought details with regard to various arrangements made to attend to the people affected due to cross-border firing and enquired about facilities being provided to them.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu apprised the Chief  Minister about the number of people including men, women and children from various border villages who have been shifted to the camps established at ITI Campus and other safe areas. She was also informed with regard to various arrangements and facilities being provided at the make-shift camps including food, bedding etc. The Chief Minister instructed the divisional and concerned district administrations to ensure redress of any related issues and to ensure provision of all basic amenities at these camps.
The Chief Minister was also apprised with regard to details on the flow and the number of people staying in such relief camps in the three affected districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua.
The Chief Minister also sought details with regard to shutting down of schools along the border areas. She was informed that the schools have been temporarily closed in the worst affected areas and situation is being continuously monitored.
The Chief Minister also expressed concern with regard to issues arising out of the ensuing harvesting season. The Chief Minister asked the concerned authorities to look into all such related issues so as to facilitate people in the matter.
During the meeting issues related to provision of relief to the affected were also discussed. The Chief Minister asked the concerned to expedite the process in all such cases.
The Chief Minister was also apprised with regard to relief being provided in respect of loss of cattle and similar domestic animals. It was informed that team from department of Animal Husbandry have also been formed to address such issues.
Other issues like construction of community and individual bunkers in the border areas for the protection of the civilians were also flagged in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti also visited Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH) and Super-Specialty Hospital Jammu to enquire about the welfare of those injured in border shelling.
The Chief Minister visited the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Disaster, Orthopedic Surgery and other units of the hospitals and assessed the medicare facilities being provided to the injured. She interacted with the patients, the attendants and the doctors and enquired about the treatment being provided to the injured.
Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Baghat, Legislator, Anjum Fazili, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Health and Medical Education, M.K Bhandari, IGP Jammu, Danesh rana, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Dr Simrandeep Singh, Principal GMC Jammu, Dr Zahid Gillani and other senior officers and doctors accompanied the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister asked the doctors to ensure best possible treatment to the injured. She said if any grievously injured patient is to be shifted outside the State for treatment, the government will bear the expenses. She prayed for early recovery of the injured.
The Chief Minister was informed that 30 persons, including 1 year old child, injured in border shelling are undergoing treatment at GMCH Jammu and Super-Specialty Hospital Jammu.

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