‘War or lockdown, we are at God’s grace’: Village along LoC out of essentials

The residents of Kaksar village of Kargil district in Ladakh Union Territory are facing acute shortages of essentials amidst the nationwide lockdown even as the region faces communication issues.

The village which houses around 150 families and is situated at the line of control has been facing problems in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Talking to The Kashmir Walla, the Sarpanch of the village Mohammad Hussain said that lack of communication in the village has been the biggest issue the village is facing, “There is no network available here and that’s the biggest problem for the villagers right now,” Hussain said.

Adding that winter stock was almost over and that the Sarpanch was ferrying essentials in his own vehicle. “There are no facilities here, we face problems during every calamity, be it war or a lockdown, the brunt has to be faced by our residents, ” he claimed.

A resident of the village, Ali Rojo, told The Kashmir Walla that the populace was suffering. “We have no ambulances here, whether there is war like situation or a lockdown, we are left at God’s grace,” Mr. Rojo said. “We don’t even have basic shelter houses.”

Meanwhile, President of sarpanch association of Kargil has also written to the district administration:

“Worthy Divisional Commissioner,
UT Ladakh.
Esteemed S
I want address few points in your notice for information and necessary action from the tagged letter.

#That the people of Kaksar are facing lots of problems of essential commodities like pulses, sugar, salts, soaps etc. There is no any kiryana shop in the village.

#During the time of Digital India the people of Kaksar village are still facing the lack of telecommunications like BSNL, JIO, Airtel etc.

# For any communication purposes with the administration they need to travel many miles.

So in this connection I hope your good self will take necessary actions to resolve their issues at utmost priority.

Sarpanch Association
Kargil Ladakh.”

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