Special emphasis on Ladakh
NEW DELHI, Dec 29: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has considerably improved with the efforts of the security forces and the development initiatives undertaken by both the Centre and the State.
He made these remarks while chairing an inter-ministerial meeting, convened here today to discuss development issues in Jammu and Kashmir besides Left Wing Extremism-affected States and the Northeast region.
The high-level meet discussed improvement of communication infrastructure in the J&K State, particularly Ladakh region, strengthening of education system in Jammu Kashmir and other developmental issues.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Science and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan; Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar; Minister of State for Communications (Incharge) and Railways, Manoj Sinha, MoS Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Secretaries and other senior officers of the Ministries.
According to an official spokesman, the Union Home Minister said that security situation in the militancy infest Jammu Kashmir had shown considerable improvement and it was time to move forward with speed on the developmental front.
Maintaining that the overall situation in J&K was well control, Rajnath Singh stressed that it was made possible due to the efforts of security forces and development initiatives undertaken by the incumbent Governments at Centre and the State. “Now it is time to move forward with speed on the development front,” he added.
Besides J&K, the Union Home Minister said, the overall security situation in the country, including Naxal hit area and the Northeast region had also shown considerable improvement.
While discussing the development issues, the inter-ministerial meeting focused on improvement of communication infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Ladakh region by upgrading and installation of mobile towers. Upgradation of mobile towers shall be taken up in Phase-I while in Phase-II, additional mobile towers shall be installed in the left out areas of the region for providing connectivity to everyone, sources said.
Similarly, the sources added, the meet also discussed in length strengthening of education infrastructure in Jammu Kashmir by opening additional girls hostels, upgradation of schools in Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), extension of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), opening more Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas in the State.
The inter-ministerial meet also discussed the security situation in other parts of the country, including Naxal hit areas and expressed satisfaction over the improvement in the overall situation.
The meeting also discussed issues related to increasing the limit of general approval under the Forest Conservation Act from 5 hectares to 40 hectares for all linear projects.