Dr Jitendra, Murmu discuss Central projects
JAMMU, Feb 17: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi this afternoon and briefed him on various aspects of the situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and steps required to further boost developmental works including those under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).
Murmu had around half an hour long meeting with Modi at latter’s 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence in New Delhi this afternoon.
The Lieutenant Governor, who had yesterday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, will be returning to Jammu, the winter capital of the Union Territory, tomorrow morning.
Sources told the Excelsior that Murmu was reported to have given detailed account of security and law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, ceasefire violations along Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, developmental works undertaken-both by the UT Government as well as under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes and PMDP and host of other issues.
Apart from development, the Lieutenant Governor is also understood to have briefed the Prime Minister on Global Investors Summit which the Jammu and Kashmir Government proposed to hold in Srinagar and Jammu, the twin rotational capital cities of the Union Territory, in the month of May, to attract private investments to the tune of Rs 10,000-15,000 crore.
The Jammu and Kashmir Government bureaucrats will be holding road shows in major cities of the country including Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai etc to brief investors about the summit. The Government has already identified large chunk of land in both Jammu and Srinagar cities besides all other districts of the Union Territory for the industrialists.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh and Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu held one hour one-to-one meeting to review the status of various Centrally funded projects and other issues related to the Union Territory.
Murmu, who called on Dr Jitendra Singh in the national capital, gave a brief about the various ongoing projects under Prime Minister’s package as well as through Central funding. The recently concluded outreach visits by Union Ministers and the follow-up outreach plan for the future also came up for discussion.
The Lieutenant Governor and the Minister shared information about the various notifications to be issued with regard to the Union Territory by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. It was stated that the notification regarding the domicile terms and conditions in J&K will be issued within a week and the notification regarding land ownership will be issued soon thereafter.
Allaying all misgivings about the issue of compensation to PoJK displaced persons, Dr Jitendra Singh observed that the decision has been taken by the Union Government to give compensation to all the families including 5300 or so who had not settled down in Jammu & Kashmir. In response, the Lieutenant Governor informed that he has already issued orders to this effect in writing.
Various development projects which came up for discussion included the long pending Ujh Multipurpose project in Kathua and Keru Power Project in Kishtwar for which all the decks have been cleared in the last meeting and the work is about to begin shortly. The work on river Devika Rejuvenation project was also reviewed.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Lieutenant Governor that the first – of – its – kind Cannabis Medicinal project for treatment of pain and cancer symptoms had been approved by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to be taken up by the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu. The Mansar Lake and other tourist projects were also discussed.
Regarding the issue of SRO 202 and Khidmat Centre employees, the Lieutenant Governor disclosed that the UT Government had formulated a plan to address the issue.
In relation to DoPT, Dr Jitendra Singh spelt out the functioning of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and Central Information Commission (CIC) for the Union Territory. With regard to the upcoming Investors’ Summit in May this year, he lauded the efforts made by the LG regime and the initiative to organize road shows for awareness of general masses in different parts of the country.