Chidambaram Reviews Security Situation In Kashmir Valley31 October 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today concluded his two-day tour of Ladakh and Kashmir by reviewing security situation in the State and pace of reconsturction in Ladakh region even as he assured the people of Central Government's support for 'balanced' development of all three regions of the State. Chidambaram, who reached Srinagar in the last leg of his visit around 3.30 pm, along with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reviewed pace of rehabilitation and reconstruction work in Leh and Kargil districts of Ladakh region, which were devastated by cloudburst and flash floods in August. The meeting was attended by senior civil and police officials of the State. The Home Minister and the Chief Minister also exchanged views on security scenario in the State ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India next week. Earlier, soon after arriving in troubled North Kashmir's Baramulla town from Kargil, the Home Minister chaired a meeting to review law and order situation, cross-border infiltration and measures taken to tackle these issues. Sources said the Home Minister was briefed about the rise in levels of infiltration from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) before the onset of winter. He was informed about the several successful operations in which large number of infiltrating militants were killed during the year. He was also briefed about the steps being taken by the police and civil administration to control the protests in Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara districts which have witnessed widespread protests since June this year. The meeting was attended by Kuldeep Khoda, Director General of Police, Special Director General of CRPF Anirudh Uppal, General Officer Commanding of 19 Infantry Division and Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Shiv Murari Sahai. The other police officers who attended the meeting included SP Baramulla M A Untoo, SP Sopore Mohammad Altaf Khan, SP Kupwara V K Birdhi and SP Handwara Rafiq Vakil besides the Deputy Commissioners of the three districts. Before leaving for Srinagar, Chidambaram met several civilian delegations including National Conference, Congress, Fruit Growers Association, Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee and Bar Association Tangmarg at Dak Bungalow in the town. The Home Minister also went for a drive around Baramulla town. Chidambaram began the day with an extensive visit to Kargil district of Ladakh region where he took stock of pace of development works, under execution in the district and also the problems being faced by the people who suffered heavily by virtue of recent floods. He also reviewed the steps being taken for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and assets at a high level meeting which was among others attended by CAPD Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon, Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora, Chief Executive Councillor, Kargil Hill Development Council, Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan, MP Ghulam Hassan Khan, MLC Syed Ahmad Rizvi, Executive Councillors, Kargil Hill Council, Principal Secretary Planning Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Principal Secretary Home B R Sharma, DGP, and Deputy Commissioner, Kargil N Raju. Addressing the meeting, the Home Minister appreciated the people for maintaining peace and brotherhood among various sections of the society. He said Central Government is committed to support Jammu and Kashmir for balanced development of its all the three regions. He said a Task Force Committee nominated to take stock of construction of basic infrastructure in Ladakh is scheduled to visit the region shortly. The Committee would also interact with cross sections of society to gather information about the problems being faced by the people. The Minister assured of all support by the Centre for speedy development of the region. On the occasion, Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan demanded construction of tunnel on Zojila Pass, expansion of Kargil Airport, renovation of Kargil-Zanskar National Highway, joining Drass river with Soora river and several other facilities for the betterment of the district. The Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, apprised the meeting about the steps being taken by the State Government for reconstruction of infrastructure in the district through PowerPoint presentation. Later, the Union Home Minister inspected project of Rs 40 crore Council Infrastructure, Rs 3.72 crore tourist facilitation centre and Rs 2.40 crore Sports Stadium in the Kargil district.