Shah reviews J&K situation with top officials
JAMMU, Sept 16: Governor Satya Pal Malik today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and discussed with them prevailing security situation and financial scenario of Jammu and Kashmir and steps being taken for smooth transition of the State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on October 31.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also chaired high-level security review meeting on Jammu and Kashmir including steps being taken to ensure return of complete normalcy in the Kashmir valley, where life remained affected in some areas since August 5 following abrogation of special Constitutional provisions of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other top officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs attended the meeting which discussed the steps to ensure return of normalcy in the Valley and reviewed situation prevailing along the borders with Pakistan where ceasefire violations have become order of the day.
Malik met Modi for about half an hour this morning in New Delhi and was reported to have discussed with him situation in Jammu and Kashmir including steps being taken to ensure return of complete normalcy in the Valley where in certain areas normal life has resumed and restrictions have been lifted.
The Governor was understood to have given detailed briefing to the Prime Minister on situation along the borders with Pakistan, anti-infiltration and anti-militancy operations in the hinterland and steps to switch over to the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on October 31, the deadline set by the Home Ministry for division of the State.
“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM Narendra Modi,’’ the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted after meeting between Modi and Malik.
However, the PMO didn’t give any further details of the meeting.
In the afternoon, Malik also called on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and was reported to have discussed with her various financial aspects of Jammu and Kashmir and the financial scenario that may emerge after creation of two new Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
The Finance Ministry gave information of Sitharaman-Malik meeting through a tweet but gave no details on what transpired between the two.
Jammu and Kashmir administration had few days back set the process in motion for annual budget.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir amidst reports of around 230 terrorists waiting at terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to enter the country to carry out terror attacks in the aftermath of abrogation of special Constitutional provisions of Jammu and Kashmir by the Central Government on August 5.
During the two-hour long meeting, also attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others, the Home Minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly along the International Border and the Line of Control.
The Home Minister took stock of the situation and was briefed about the steps taken to maintain peace along border areas as well as in the Valley, sources said.
The meeting came amidst report that around 230 terrorists were brought to terror launch pads by Pakistan to push them into Jammu and Kashmir.
Lieutenant General K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, which looks after the Kashmir valley, had recently said there have been infiltration attempts from across the border.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has been constantly monitoring security situation in Jammu and Kashmir especially the Valley and its officials were coordinating with the State administration to bring the life back on rails in some of the areas, where it remained affected since August 5.