The Border Security Force (BSF) continues its commitment to fostering goodwill and strengthening bonds with the border population and their children through regular Civic Action Programmes. These initiatives aim to connect with the residents living along the Line of Control (LoC) and contribute to their development.
As part of the Line of Control Rehabilitation Plan, the 97 Battalion of BSF, operating under the BSF Kashmir Frontier, organized a Civic Action Programme in the Mandian Villages, situated in the proximity of the Line of Control. These remote areas have been identified as deserving assistance for their upliftment.
The following villages and educational institutions were selected for support: Keran, Mandian, Patra, Kundiyan, Naga, Girls Middle School Keran, Govt Middle School Kalas Mandian, Primary School Bani Mandian, Primary School Katia Mandian, Govt Middle School Naga Mandian, Govt Middle School Patra, and Govt Middle School Tanangaon Mandian. In a generous gesture, computers and sports kits were provided to these institutions, enhancing educational opportunities and promoting physical fitness among the youth.
Given the remote location of these villages and limited access to medical facilities, a Mahindra & Mahindra Supra ZX Ambulance was also delivered. This ambulance will serve as a lifeline for the timely transportation of patients to hospitals situated in the District HQ, Kupwara. These valuable resources were provided by the ICICI foundation and distributed by BSF.
The Civic Action Programme witnessed the participation of various dignitaries, including Brigadier Manish Datt Upadhyay (Retd), DIG SHQ BSF Kupwara, Shri Udham Singh Kuhad, Commandant of the 97 Battalion BSF, the Deputy Commander of the 268 Brigade, the Commanding Officer of the RR Battalion, as well as members of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI), and a substantial number of villagers and students from the beneficiary villages.
The BSF remains dedicated to the well-being and development of remote communities residing near the Line of Control. These efforts exemplify the BSF’s commitment to integrating these remote villages into the national mainstream and fostering a sense of unity and progress.