Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday visited a village on Zero Line of Line of Control (LoC) from where the Pakistan army’s post is just 600 meters away, while the next civilian village in Pakistan administered Jammu and Kashmir’s is also few hundred meters away.
Sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), LG Sinha carried out a very rare visit, which earlier very few civilians have done.
Lt Governor, who is on a two-day visit to Poonch visited border village Degwar Terwan Haveli Tehsil, which is just a few meters away from PaJK’s village and Pakistan Army’s radar.
Sources said that Degwar village was categorized as a hyper active firing zone during the ceasefire violations in the past.
Officials also informed that at the border village LG visited near LoC fence and took stock of the security situation along the border.
“Lt Governor undertook a first-hand assessment of the situation at the LoC and forward areas. Commander of 93 Infantry Brigade, Brigadier Rajesh Bisht briefed Lt Governor on the overall security situation prevalent on LoC, development works in the border villages by the army, counter infiltration grid and operational preparedness,” officials said.
While interacting with the officers and personnel of the Armed Forces, the Lt Governor, commended them for their selfless service in challenging situations.
He appreciated the excellent synergy between civil administration, J&K Police, army and other security agencies.
“I salute the exemplary bravery of our Armed Forces. J&K UT is witnessing a new dawn of peace, progress and prosperity. Our armed forces, police, CAPFs are handling the challenges with full strength, valour & dedication. India will give a befitting reply to anyone who tries to disturb peace, unity & integrity of the country,” Lt Governor said.
Later, the Lt Governor addressed the border population at Government Girls High School Degwar Terwan. The Lt Governor observed that BADP has accentuated the development process of the villages along the border.
The UT Government has rolled out several new schemes for the comprehensive development of the Border Villages, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor took feedback on the benefits being extended under PM Aawas Yojna and other schemes and facilities like LPG, Scholarships etc from the people present in the gathering.
The Lt Government asked the people present on the occasion to ensure enrolment of those who might have been left out under the SEHAT Scheme.
They must register themselves to get a Golden Card, which is providing health coverage to every family of the UT.
“LG Sinha’s act is very daring. It will boost the confidence of local population in the borders. Nobody had earlier visited so close to the fence and border village,” a local said—(KNO)