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Harvest ready: BSF will provide security to border farmers, says Badal

Talking to border farmers, who left their ripe crops behind as they left for safer places on the direction of the state government, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said the border security force (BSF) have been asked to help these farmers in harvesting their crop by providing them adequate security.

punjab Updated: Oct 01, 2016 22:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A woman shares her problems with CM Badal in Pathankot on Saturday.(HT Photo)

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.

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A migrant labourer left behind spraying pesticide over a field near the zero line on Thursday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

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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.

First Published: Oct 01, 2016 14:30 IST