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In Kupwara, Army reaches out to villagers with medical aid

Arjun Sharma

Jammu, January 19

In the wake of heightened attempts of Pakistan-backed agencies to radicalise local youth and persuade them to pick up guns, the Army is reaching out to villagers, especially youth, in Kupwara along the Line of Control (LoC) with medical aid and other programmes. The Army has in the recent past thwarted several infiltration attempts of terrorists and also seized arms and ammunition dumped along the LoC.

Kupwara has remained a hotbed of terrorism due to its proximity to the LoC from where infiltration takes place.

Under a programme — ‘Khairiyat’ (wellness), the Army recently went to a remote village, Hajimula, of Machhal sector where soldiers went house to house and asked the locals if they needed any medical aid as it becomes difficult for the administration to provide help under extreme cold.

Defence PRO (Srinagar), Colonel Emron Musavi, said the Army had been helping the locals under Operation Sadbhavana in which health, education, women empowerment among other areas are taken care of.

“Locals of Kamkari village in Kupwara took part in Army Day celebrations at Government Upper Primary School where flag hoisting took place recently. Officers motivated the youth to join the Army and serve the nation. The local youth and children were also made aware about various enrolment schemes and privileges of joining the Army, said Musavi.

Hearing devices given

In Doda’s Dadhkai-A village, Army distributed specialised hearing devices among the differently-abled children
The village has 105 families, of whom 55 are affected with a mysterious hearing disorder. pti

Join us: Army to youth

To negate Pakistan agencies’ bid to make Kashmiri youth join terror groups, officers tried youths to join the Army at an event in Kupwara school.
Under ‘Khairiyat’ programme, jawans went to villages for medical aid.

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