A team of union secretaries led by Union cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth reviewed the security situation of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, just two days after chief minister Omar Abdullah announced the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some parts of the state.
Kumar, who arrived in Srinagar on Sunday morning, along with a 16 member team of union secretaries including home secretary RK Singh and defense secretary Shashi Kant Sharma held a marathon meeting with the security agencies and state officials. The meeting which started in the afternoon continued late in the evening.
All the top brass of police including director general of police Kuldeep Khoda were present in the security review meeting besides army’s General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Srinagar based 15 corps S A Husnain, Special Director General CRPF Anirudh Uppal and state home secretary BR Sharma.
Sources said that the announcement of chief minister regarding the revocation of Disturbed Areas Act and AFSPA was an important component of the security review meeting.
The team is expected to meet the chief minister Omar Abdullah before winding the visit on Monday.
The union cabinet secretaries of different departments reviewed the developmental programmes and centrally sponsored schemes in place in the state. Sources aid that the officials expressed displeasure over the delay in utilization of funds in various centrally sponsored schemes of health and rural development.
Earlier, immediately after landing in Srinagar, the union cabinet secretary held a meeting with Governor NN Vohra.
Official sources said that the matters relating to 'internal and external security management' were discussed in the meeting besides issues relating to the implementation of Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan, centrally sponsored schemes and other major infrastructure development projects.
The team was supposed to visit the state early this month, but it was postponed in wake of the uproar in the state over the custodial death of a ruling National Conference worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf, amid allegations of political corruption against chief minister Omar Abdullah and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah.