Punjab Governor to embark 6th visit to border areas
DW Bureau / Chandigarh, February 12:
The Governor of Punjab, Shri Banwari Lal Purohit, is set to embark on a significant border visit from February 20 to February 23, 2024. This marks his sixth visit to the border regions in the past two and a half years.
During his upcoming visit, the Governor will traverse through the border districts of Pathankot, Gurudaspur, Amritsar, Taran Taran, Ferozepur, and Fazilka. His itinerary includes meetings with central agencies and the state government officials to review the progress made since his previous visits and to address any new issue that cropped up during the recent times.
A key focus of these meetings will be on enhancing coordination between central and state agencies to overcome bottlenecks, particularly in the realms of border infrastructure, security, smuggling and combating the menace of drug trafficking in the border areas.
The Governor's agenda also includes interactions with Village Defence Committees (VDCs), which have proven instrumental in combating drugs and other social evils in the border regions. These engagements aim to glean ground-level insights and feedback from various public representatives and the press, enabling issues pertinent to the border areas to be addressed effectively at both the central and state government levels.
Senior officers, including the Chief Secretary of Punjab, the Director General of Police, heads of the Border Security Force (BSF), Army, National Investigation Agency (NIA), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), as well as respective Deputy Commissioners, and Senior Superintendents of Police from each district, are expected to participate in this pivotal border visit.