On the first day of his visit to border districts in Punjab on Saturday, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal assured farmers, who have moved to safer places leaving behind their ripe paddy, that the Border Security Force (BSF) will be helping them in harvesting their crop by providing adequate security.
During his four-day tour to monitor arrangements in place for people evacuated from border villages in the wake of Indian Army’s surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the CM visited Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts.
Addressing the displaced villagers at a relief camp at Gurdwara Barth Sahib in Pathankot district, Badal said they will be able to go to their fields to harvest their crops under the protection of the security forces.
“I discussed the issue with Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who allowed us to get the BSF’s assistance,” he said.
On villagers’ concern over repeated displacement and need for permanent alternative shelter away from the border during such exigencies, Badal said once the situation normalises, he would take steps in this direction.
The CM later visited border villages in Bamyal sector to know about problems being faced by people who have stayed back to guard their crop and livestock.
Alternative arrangements for students by Oct 3
Chandigarh: The Punjab education department on Saturday asked its officials to make temporary arrangements to ensure studies of children affected due to evacuation along the International Border are not hampered. Director of public instruction (DPI, secondary education) Balbir Singh Dhol said all divisional and district education officers have been told to coordinate with the students in affected areas and put in place the alternative academic arrangements by October 3. Students have also been exempted from wearing school uniform, he said.