Two Border Battalions to be constituted

• Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that nine new battalions will be constituted. Of these, two would be for the border areas.

• Ministry has sanctioned two new women battalions for J&K police: one for Kashmir Division and one for Jammu Division that would provide employment to around 2000 women from the state.

• Mr. Singh said that the Centre is fully aware of the hardships faced by the people of these areas and has been taking a number of initiatives to address them.

• He also pointed out that the Ministry has revisited the scheme of giving Rs. 5 lakhs for the person killed during Cross Border firing and Ceasefire Violations.

• He said that 14,460 bunkers will be constructed, which includes 13,029 individual and 1431 community bunkers. The MHA has approved Rs. 415 crores for their construction.

• The government has decided to give financial assistance of Rs. 5.5 lakh per family for West Pakistan Refugees settled in the State of J&K. 5764 families will benefit from this decision.

• The relief was given to Kashmiri and Jammu migrants that were earlier Rs. 10000 has now been increased to Rs. 13000 per family per month.

• Five bulletproof ambulances will be provided to border areas to carry the injured to a hospital during cross-border firing.

• The compensation for livestock has been increased to Rs. 50000 from Rs. 30,000 at present and that the limit of three animals has been removed for losses incurred upon livestock.

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