48226 Applications Received For Cross-LoC Travel: Omar

48226 Applications Received For Cross-LoC Travel: Omar

3 April 2012
Greater Kashmir


Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday said that as many as 48,226 applications have been received from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) for cross-LoC travel between PaK and the state. As many as 48,226 applications have been received from divided families of India and PaK, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in state Assembly. Of these, 23,335 applications from this side of the state were received upto December 31, 2011, he said adding of these, 17,630 applications have been cleared while 5141 applications were not recommended and the remaining 264 cases are under process. Similarly, 24,891 applications from PaK nationals were received upto December 31, 2011, he said adding of these, 19,847 applications have been cleared while 3175 were not recommended and remaining 1869 cases are under process. “The present system is operating effectively, however, a number of steps have been taken to ease the travel and trade across the LoC”, he said. The introduction of triple entry permit system for senior citizens and introduction of multiple entry system is under consideration, he said. The number of days of travel have also been increased from two to four days, he said. The state government said that 4365 members of the divided families traveled between JK and PaK during the last two years. As many as 4365 persons including 1161 JK residents and 3204 PaK nationals traveled across Line of Control (LoC) between J&K and PaK during past two years, Omar said. Of these, 1738 persons including 537 JK residents and 1201 PaK national traveled via two cross LoC points, Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote trans-LoC roads in 2010, he said. Similarly, 2627 persons, including 624 JK residents and 2003 PaK nationals traveled via two cross-LoC roads in 2011, he said.