Land Identified For Displaced Border Residents

7 January 2015
Times of India


Jammu: Authorities in Jammu & Kashmir's Kathua district have identified land to shift border residents displaced due to cross-border firing along the India-Pakistan border. Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said they have been indentified 3,105 kanals of land in Hiranagar tehsil for the purpose. He said Omar Abdullah as chief minister had visited forward villages in October 2014 and asked officials to identify the land. 'A detailed reports in this regard was submitted to Union minister Jitendra Singh during his visit to the forward villages on Wednesday.' Choudhary said more land would be identified. 'The process will be completed within two months.' He said around 5,000 families spread across 57 villages are affected by the cross border firing. 'The Centre is working on the task and final announcement of allotting the land will be made soon.' Singh separately visited camps setup for border residents and assured them the land would be allocated in safer places. He sanctioned Rs 5 lakh from his MP fund for border migrants during his tour to Samba and Kathua districts.