PC reviews security scenario, yatra arrangements with Guv20 June 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram reached Srinagar, the summer capital of the State this afternoon, and met Governor NN Vohra for more than one hour during which they reviewed security scenario of the State including arrangements for Amarnath yatra as Mr Vohra happened to be the head of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). Mr Chidambaram reached Srinagar at 4.45 pm on three days visit of the State. Soon after his arrival in the summer capital along with Director General of CRPF K Vijay Kumar, BSF DG Raman Srivastava and senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Union Home Minister had a one-to-one meeting with the Governor for one hour. Mr Chidambaram reviewed the State’s security scenario with Mr Vohra. He also discussed security arrangements for annual Amarnath pilgrimage beginning June 29 for which the Union Home Ministry had already arranged a number of Central para-military companies for security of the pilgrims. Annual Amarnath yatra, starting June 29, would conclude on August 13 on the occasion of Shrawan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan. 'The Union Home Minister had wide ranging consultation with the Governor on several important matters. They discussed issues relating to the pace of socio-economic development and overall security situation in the State. They also discussed Amarnath yatra security and post-Panchayat election scenario’’, an official handout said. Mr Chidambaram will have a night halt at the Raj Bhawan. Mr Chidambaram would hold a high level security review meeting at Sher-i-Kashmir International Centre for Convention (SKICC), Srinagar tomorrow morning in the presence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Senior officers of police including DGP Kuldeep Khoda, DG CRPF K Vijay Kumar, DG BSF Raman Srivastava, Army officers, MHA officers accompanying the Home Minister and officers of State Home Department would be present in the meeting. Security scenario of the State would come up for a high level review during the meeting. Senior officers of different security agencies would apprise Mr Chidambaram about their assessment of the situation in the State After unrest for three consecutive summers, this summer has been peaceful so far, sources said, adding the action plan put in place by the Government and security agencies including police has been working so far. After the security review, the Union Home Minister will proceed to Pahalgam in South Kashmir where he would meet local officials of police and civil administration besides other security agencies. The meeting is part of a series of interactions that the Home Minister started with officials at the district level. He will also review the development work in South Kashmir and security arrangements for Amarnath yatris at Pahalgam, which serves as base camp for the pilgrims. The Home Minister will have a night halt at Pahalgam tomorrow. On Wednesday morning, Mr Chidambaram will visit forward Neeru Post manned by the BSF in Gurez sector of North Kashmir where he will interact with the jawans. He will spend some time with the jawans at the forward post before returning to New Delhi. On his arrival at the Airport, Ministers, police, security and civil officials besides a delegation of the Congress leaders received the Home Minister.