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285 villages along ALC covered under reservation policy: Veeri


          JAMMU:Minister for Roads and Buildings and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri today informed the house that 285 villages of Rajouri, Nowshera, Mendhar, Haveli, Kupwara and Akhnoor falling under the Actual Line of Control (ALC) are availing benefits as per the J&K Reservation Act, 2004 and Rules thereto.

          Replying to a question by Ajatshatru Singh in the upper house, the Minister said that it is a fact that the people residing on ALC as well as International Border of the state are equally affected by the firing from across the border and deserve special attention.

          Mr Veeri informed that the people living along ALC are availing benefits as provided in terms of J&K Reservation Act, 2004 and Rules there-under.   However, he said at present International Border does not come within the definition of ALC and hence the benefits of reservation as provided to residents of ALC are not being extended to them. 

          Responding to the supplementary questions by Dr BA Veeri, Surinder Chaudhary, Vibodh Gupta, Qaiser Jamsheed and Ramesh Arora, the Minister said that the government has submitted a DPR to the center for approval of funds for construction of permanent bunkers along ALC and International border.



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