M S Nazki
MENDHAR Baloni a village in Panchayat Baloni of Mankote Block of district Poonch remains untouched by development. Be it road connectivity, Medical facility or provision of drinking water facility, the villagers have access to none.
Located hardly 15kms from Tehasil headquarters, there is no road connectivity to the villageand the villagers are fraught with several problems, including daily struggle for water. An open w nullah are the only sources of water for the 800-odd villagers. With the rise in day temperature, The other only source of water is a nullah, located near the village. Consumption of the untreated water from the nullah has led to outbreak of waterborne diseases. Moreover, adding to their woes is absence of health facilities, the villagers either depend on traditional medication or carry the patients to the nearest hospital on their own.
Sarpanch Naseem Akhther said that 500 families of Gujjars were staying there in stone age . “There is no proper road connectivity and many patients died as they could not be taken to hospitals in time during emergencies” he said. He also sought upgradtion of the government High school in the village so that the children could continue their studies upto high and higher secondary level.
He said that government is laying emphasis on development, their village should not be excluded from it.