The district administration in Kathua organised public meetings in villages along the international border on Friday for formulation of development plans and redressal of public grievances apart from ensuring security in wake of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
The government is working on development of 22 villages falling along zero-line, officials said.
The district development commissioner (DDC) Shahid Iqbal Choudhary accompanied by other officers and members of the Border Security Force held camps at Maniari, Bobian, Londi and other villages to hear public grievances and also to seek cooperation of public for development of model villages.
The DDC informed that five villages along the zero-line will be developed as model villages through inter-departmental convergence in the current year for providing civic amenities like power supply, water supply, biogas, education, medical facilities, insurance, bank accounts, safe housing, sanitation, telecommunication, solar lights, nutrition, and other facilities for making the villages self-sufficient.
This initiative is being taken as a part of 'Mission Hifazat' or safety mission launched by the district administration for safety, security and development of border areas in view of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, officials said.
They said work has already been started for construction of compound walls for border schools and dispensaries, creation of power and water supply lines.
Interdepartmental teams in consultation with village committees and panchayats will prioritise the villages to be developed as model villages with public participation.
The DDC instructed the officers for involvement of public in identifying developmental works in border villages. `50 lakh are being provided on a priority basis.