CM reviews cross LoC travel, refugees issue in Delhi meet
13 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: A joint meeting of senior Central and J&K Government officials was convened here at J&K House on Saturday evening, by Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad. The meeting was held to oversee implementation of recommendations of various Working Groups set up by Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2006. Mr Azad stressed for streamlining formalities for cross LoC travel in order to minimize delay and inconvenience caused to the people intending to undertake the journey. He also called for undertaking a comprehensive census of militancy related widows and orphans in the State. The issues pertaining to rehabilitation and return of Kashmiri Pandits were also discussed. The issue of early return of some migrants from Doda, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur also came up for discussion, official sources said. The meeting also deliberated upon the issue of West Pakistan refugees of 1947 who are still facing considerable hardships with regard to employment, education and other issues like raising loans from banks etc. The issues with regard to compensation of land and other property left behind by PoK refugees of 1947 was also discussed It was agreed in the meeting that a committee of senior officers from the concerned Ministries in the Government of India, including a representative of the State Government would be set up to oversee the implementation of Working Groups' recommendations. The Chief Minister impressed upon officers of the State and the Central Governments to work in unison to achieve the desired goals. The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor to Prime Minister, M. K. Narayanan, Secretary Planning Commission Dr. Subas Pani, Special Representative on Kashmir, N. N. Vohra, Union Home Secretary, Madhukar Gupta, Special Secretary Home Kumawat, Joint Secretary, Home Mitali Sen Gavai and Joint Secretary Ministry of External Affairs T.C.A. Raghavan. Besides, senior officers of PMO, Home, Defence and Cabinet Secretariat were also present. From J&K side besides the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, B. R. Kundal, Financial Commissioner, Planning & Development, S. S. Kapur, Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Anil Goswami, Commissioner Secretary, Finance, B. B. Vyas and Commissioner Secretary, Power Development, Basharat Ahmad Dar attended the meeting.