September 2017 News

Rajnath Meets CM, 35 Delegations

9 September 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ehsan Fazili

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh embarked on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir with an 'open heart' and immediately after landing in Srinagar he began holding closed-door meetings. However, the first day of his visit was marked with violence as militants carried out an audacious attack on policemen in Anantnag. Besides a meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Rajnath also held a review meeting on the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) besides having meetings with around 35 delegations representing tourism, trade and civil society. On his maiden J&K visit this year, the Home Minister has already expressed his willingness to meet all those who want a resolution of all issues in the state. In 2016, he visited the state thrice, including once as the head of an all-party delegation amid the five-month-long unrest in Kashmir triggered by the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year. Rajnath would be reviewing security situation at a meeting with senior officers of the police and other security forces here on Sunday before visiting Anantnag district in south Kashmir which has witnessed militant violence. In his meeting with the Chief Minister today, Rajnath discussed the overall situation, implementation of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) and execution of PMDP in the state. Mehbooba stressed the need to reach out to all sections of society in the state which has been duly recognised in the AoA. She said the needs and problems of the people of the state had been recognised in the AoA and there was a need to speed up its implementation. 'The two leaders recognised the need for timely implementation of the AoA which provides a definite road map to resolve the problems confronting the state,' an official spokesman said. The Chief Minister also requested for regular and timely release of funds for various projects under the PMDP of Rs 80,000 crore, which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on November 7, 2015. Later, both reviewed the PMDP implementation at a meeting of senior state and Central government officers. Around 35 delegations of social, trade, travel and business organisations from across the Kashmir valley also called on Rajnath here. The delegations apprised the Home Minister about problems related to their organisations and submitted memorandums. Chairman, J&K Hoteliers Club, Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya, as the head of a delegation, asked the Home Minister to take steps for the restoration of peace in the state, particularly the Valley. He said the tourism sector suffered a lot and stressed the need for creating a conducive atmosphere so as to help attract more tourists. Earlier, Rajnath was received at the airport by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, other ministers and senior civil and police officers. Rajnath drove to the Nehru Guest House at Cheshma Shahi overlooking Dal Lake, where he held meetings with senior officers and other delegations. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor NN Vohra held extensive discussions on several important issues relating to the challenges being faced in the state at their meeting at Raj Bhawan here on Saturday evening. Besides security management-related issues, the Governor stressed the importance of efficient and accountable functioning of the administrative machinery, eradication of corruption, protection of the academic interests of youth and early conduct of the pending elections to rural and urban local self-governing bodies.