PC’s detail review of security with CM, top brass21 June 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today reviewed security situation in the State at a high level meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and top brass of security agencies besides the civil administration. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials accompanying Mr Chidambaram also joined the high level security review meeting held at SKICC Srinagar this morning. Besides security arrangements across the State including the Kashmir valley in the current summer, the Home Minister also reviewed security arrangements for annual Amarnath yatra beginning June 29. Mr Chidambaram had a separate security review at Pahalgam in South Kashmir at a meeting of the Deputy Commissioners and SSPs. He would have a night halt at Pahalgam. He would visit Neeru forward post in Gurez sector, manned by the Border Security Force (BSF) tomorrow morning before flying back to the Union capital. The security review meeting at SKICC Srinagar was attended among others by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, Madhav Lal, Chief Secretary, Kuldeep Khoda, DGP, B R Sharma, Principal Secretary, Home, BB Vyas, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, K Rajendra, ADGP Law and Order, Asgar Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, SM Sahai, IGP Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, IGP Jammu, IGP CID Kashmir, Joint Director SIB J&K, Commissioner SBNS, Additional DG BSF, Additional Commissioner SB (K), IG CRPF Kashmir, IG BSF Kashmir, IG CRPF Jammu, Additional DG BSF and OSD to Union Home Minister. Official sources said the Home Minister had a detailed review of security situation prevailing in the State including total number of militants, foreign mercenaries, the militants killed, arrested and surrendered this year and efforts made by the security agencies to neutralize the militants. Steps taken by the Government on recommendation of the Interlocutors were also discussed in the detail at the meeting. The Interlocutors-Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and MM Ansari have submitted a number of recommendations to the Union Home Ministry, which have been forwarded to the State Government for action. Security arrangements for annual 45 days long Amarnath yatra, starting June 29, were also reviewed by the Home Minister. Sources said Mr Chidambaram hailed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for smooth conduct of 16 phase Panchayat elections in the State. Several other security related issues also came up for discussions and review during the meeting. Later, the Union Home Minister reviewed the security scenario of South Kashmir in a meeting held at Pahalgam, which, incidentally, also serves as base camp for holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnath ji. The Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of South Kashmir were present in the meeting. They gave a detailed presentation of security scenario of their districts. Sources said last evening on his arrival at Srinagar Airport from New Delhi, Mr Chidambaram asked DGP Kuldeep Khoda about situation in downtown Srinagar, which was epicenter of stone pelting last year. On being told that everything was normal in downtown Srinagar, the Home Minister wanted to see for himself the situation in the downtown. The security agencies were taken for a surprise by the Home Minister’s sudden move to have a round of downtown but had no alternative. The cavalcade of Mr Chidambaram then drove to downtown. He took a round of Bohri Kadal, Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara, which were hub of stone pelting last year. 'At one place, the Home Minister asked the DGP as to why condition of roads was dilapidated in some areas of downtown. The DGP informed the Home Minister that works couldn’t be executed last year due to stone pelting and macadamisation work was going on this year. Chidambaram also held a one-to-one meeting with the president of Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress Saif-ud-Din Soz here and discussed socio political situation in the State, a party spokesman said. 'The Home Minister and Soz had a one-to-one meeting at Raj Bhavan. The two leaders had a thorough discussion on socio political situation obtaining in the State,' the spokesman said in a statement here. He said the meeting was followed by a separate meeting between Chidambaram and senior party functionaries. The meeting lasted for 40 minutes at Nehru Guest House and the leaders discussed in detail various issues including promotion of good governance, eradication of corruption and strengthening of peace process in the State, he said. The spokesman said the efforts made by the Centre’s Interlocutors and various civil society groups for promotion of dialogue with the Central Government also came up under discussion. 'It was suggested to the Home Minister that the Congress party’s perception on such issues should be appreciated in proper perspective as this party alone has the capacity to represent the view point of the people in all the three regions,' the spokesman said.