Maniyal visits shelling hit villages, meets affected families


JAMMU MAY 23: Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr Devender Kumar Maniyal today toured the shelling hit border areas in Samba and interacted with affected families.

The Minister also took on the spot appraisal of the medical facilities available in health centers.

He also received brief from the district administration regarding the measures put in place to provide necessary help to the affected people.

He was accompanied by DC Jammu, DC Samba, SSP Samba, Director Health Jammu, CMO Jammu, CMO Samba and other officials.

Health Minister met the people of border areas at temporary shelter at Chichi Mata Samba, Samba Hospital, Viajpur Ashram, Vijaypur Hospital, Bishnah Hospital, Ramgarh Hospital, Arnia Health Center, R.S Pura Hospital and enquired about the condition of injured besides arrangements at temporary camps.

He directed the administration to maintain close coordination with people and provide every help in case of any emergency. He also asked them to provide 24X7 helpline numbers of the control rooms to the people.

He also directed to put in place all basic facilities at the camps and asked the camp officers to remain present at and ensure availability of ration, power supply, drinking water, security and sanitation.

Health Minister also took stock of arrangements put in place by the district administration for the safety of the people.

He stressed on close coordination among all concerned departments so that people are provided with all basic facilities at the camps. He further directed civil administration to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedure for evacuating people from border areas using Bullet Proof vehicles.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Samba, S Rajinder Singh Tara accompanied by a team of civil and police officers including SSP Samba, Anil Mangotra toured the border villages affected by the continuous cross border shelling.

The teams of civil and police administration evacuated people from Ban Gulard, Mava, Kulian, Regal and other border villages to safer makeshift camps.

The team led by DC also visited District Hospital Samba to enquire about the condition of villagers injured in the cross firing.