Jammu & Kashmir

VDGs constituted in Rajouri, Poonch for protection of villagers: GoI

VDC members being given arms training in JK. [FIle Photo]

Jammu: The government of India on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that Village Defence Groups (VDGs) were constituted for protection of people in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a written reply, Minister of State in the Ministry Of Home Affairs India, Nityanand Rai said that Village Defence Group Scheme, notified by the Government of JK in the year 1995, did not envisage constitution of the Village Defence Committees (VDCs).

“However, in terms of the Scheme ibid, Village Defence Groups (VDGs) were to be constituted. Village Defence Groups, in terms of the Scheme of 1995, have already been constituted in the districts of Poonch and Rajouri of the Jammu Division for the protection of villages,” it added.

“As per Village Defence Guards Scheme (VDGs), notified by the Government of UT of J&K on 14,08,2022, apart from the areas/village already declared as vulnerable areas in the Scheme of 1995, any other area/village, which may be considered more vulnerable area by the law enforcement agencies, necessitating application of the Scheme ibid to such other area/village, the Government can by an order declare such other area/village as a “more vulnerable area” for the purpose of the Scheme ibid,” he said.

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