Mufti briefs PM about situation in state

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 23:33 IST

Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the overall political and developmental scenario of the state.

This was Sayeed's first meeting with the Prime Minister after assuming the charge of the state as chief minister.

During his 30-minute meeting, the Mufti discussed with the Prime Minister the issue of bringing transparency in the system and improving governance in the state. He also discussed the matter of implementation of the common minimum programme of the PDP-BJP government in J&K.

The Prime Minister inquired about the recent flood-like situation caused due to the incessant rains.

The chief minister informed the Prime Minister about the prompt response of the state administration in dealing with the situation that had arisen due to continuous rains. He also thanked the Prime Minister for quickly responding to the state government's request for deputing the NDRF teams to help the state administration.

On the issue of rehabilitation of victims and restoration of infrastructure, the Mufti requested the Prime Minister to take care of the population distressed by the September floods.

The Mufti also met home minister Rajnath Singh and consumer affairs food and public distribution minister Ram Vilas Pawan in two separate meetings in New Delhi.

During his meeting with the home minister, Mufti discussed the proposals of the state government presently under the consideration of the ministry of home affairs which include modernisation of state police, cross-border trade and travel and sanction for raising five additional Indian Reserve (IR) Battalions.

Mufti informed the home minister that the state government will expedite the return of Kashmir Pandits to the Valley with dignity and honour as the cultural milieu without them remains incomplete.

The issues of increase in remuneration of special police officers (SPOs) and honorarium of voluntary home guards, revision of ex-gratia relief for damage and casualty during cross-border firing and security-related expenditure were also discussed in the meeting, which was attended by senior officers of MHA and J&K government.

The home minister said the proposal of enhancement in remuneration of SPOs is being pursued by the MHA. He said the matter of raising of IR battalions for J&K is also under the active consideration of the MHA.

In his meeting with Paswan, Mufti raised the issue of shortage of foodgrains in J&K and requested for allocating ration to the state as per 2011 census.

Mufti urged Paswan for allotting foodgrains on the basis of 'No-Profit No-Loss', which is reflected in the CMP of the coalition government in the state. Presently, the ration is distributed in J&K on the basis of 2001 census.

Paswan assured Mufti that he will expeditiously pursue the matter of allocating foodgrains to state as per 2011 census.

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