Govt Seeks Report On Blockedí Ladakh Road Plan

1 December 2009
Times of India


New Delhi: The Centre has sought detailed information from the Jammu and Kashmir government over reports of China raising objection to constructing a road along the border in Ladakh. 'I have asked for a report. I have so far not received it,' said home minister P Chidambaram when asked about China's reported objection. About other road projects along the border, he said that some construction works had been stopped due to bad weather. 'It (construction) will begin once winter is over,' he added. Speaking about the situation in J&K, Chidambaram said the European Union's Troika Mission visited the visited and declared that 'Kashmir is an integral part of India'. Besides, two proposals for shooting of films in J&K were approved and permission granted to the producers. On the offer of dialogue by a section of ULFA, Chidambaram said if the militants abjure violence and come for talks giving up the demand of sovereignty, the government may consider it. 'It is good. Let us get the offer. We have not received any offer yet,' he said. While presenting a report card of the ministry over the works done in November, Chidambaram said the Interim Project Feasibility Report for the Central Para Military Force (CPMF) Housing Project to be taken up on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis by the MHA has been received from the consultant. An amount of Rs 117.19 crore was sanctioned during the month for various infrastructure works of the CPMFs. On Census 2011 and the National Population Register (NPR), Chidambaram said work was in progress on the NPR. Direct data collection for the NPR is in progress in the coastal villages of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Orissa, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharasthra, Karnataka and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 'The biographical details of more than 37 lakh residents and biometric details of more than eight lakh residents have been recorded,' he said. As regards Census 2011, he said field survey work for the preparation of geo-referenced enumeration blocks was completed in 1,202 wards out of 2,018 wards in 33 capital cities. 'Notification amending the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 was issued on November 9, 2009 for preparation of National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951, in Assam,' he said.