To get the first-hand information of the problems being faced by residents of the border areas in the district after the issue was highlighted by Hindustan Times, a nine-member team of various departments headed by the additional deputy commissioner (general) visited the border villages and listed the problems of residents.
The problems that were communicated to the team included lack of potable water, proper streets, roads, medical or veterinary facilities and transportation and sanitary facilities.
“It's a maiden such visit, since Independence, by a battery of officials to look into the problems of residents,” said Mal Singh (69), nambardar of Kaluwala, one of the most neglected villages.
“The officials gave us a patient hearing and let's hope that soon concrete measures are taken to end our misery,” he said.
ADC (G) Sonali Giri accompanied by officials from the offices of civil surgeon, district food and supply controller, water supply, irrigation, deputy director, animal husbandry; district social security and block development, visited various border villages, including Kaluwala, Tindiwala, Chandiwala, Ghatti Rajoo Ke, Bhakra, Rahime Kee, Dulchi Ke, etc.
Giri and other officials also used a boat to reach fields and villages across the Sutlej and talked to residents. Talking to Hindustan Times, she said they had taken note of problems being faced by the border-area residents.
Lack of awareness regarding various government schemes was the major reason behind their problems and soon awareness programme would be held to deal with the situation, she said.
Villagers of Kaluwala had demanded 'behda' (a big boat) to ferry them across the river besides education, veterinary and health care facilities, she added.
Panchayat of Rajjo Kee has been asked to pass a resolution to get the high school upgraded to senior secondary level so that matter can be sent for perusal of the state government, the ADC said.
To provide medical and veterinary care facilities, special camps would be organised in the near future, she assured.
The ADC said with due recommendations to redress the grievances of border residents, the committee would submit a report to Manjit Singh Narang, deputy commissioner, Ferozepur.
Following the Hindustan Times report that appeared on Wednesday (February 27), the deputy commissioner had formed a nine-member committee to look into problems being faced by residents of border areas.
During a visit to various border villages situated along the Sutlej, HT had found that majority residents have no access to basic amenities.