Rajnath to directly reach youth, border dwellers during 2-day visit

Dr Jitendra, Home Secy to join HM

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, June 6: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on his first two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir post-conditional ceasefire in the State tomorrow during which he would hold high-level review of security situation, both along the borders and hinterland besides arrangements for Shri Amarnath ji pilgrimage, with Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and top brass of all security agencies operating in the Valley, dealing with anti-militancy operations.
Rajnath will also visit the International Border in RS Pura and Chakroi in Jammu district for direct inter-action with the border dwellers and review of facilities for them during Pakistan shelling and firing and at the time of migration. He will have separate review of the situation at the border with BSF, civil and police officials to acquaint himself with situation on the borders and facilities for the dwellers.
Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba and Union Joint Secretary (Home), Incharge Jammu and Kashmir, Gyaneshwar Sharma will accompany Rajnath during his two-day tour to the State during which the focus would remain on conditional ceasefire announced by Rajnath on May 16 for the holy month of Ramzan.
“Extension or no extension in the ceasefire would depend on inputs the Union Home Minister will gather from security and Intelligence agencies on the situation post-ceasefire,” official sources told the Excelsior.
Rajnath would visit Kupwara district on June 8 morning to hold separate review of security and developmental works. Kupwara and Baramulla are among 115 aspirational districts announced in the country by the Government of India for development. Dr Jitendra Singh is Incharge of the twin aspirational districts of the Valley.
The Union Home Minister will directly reach out to the youth by meeting players of different sports and youths at a separate event in Srinagar tomorrow morning. The sportspersons from different parts of the State have started gathering in Srinagar, the summer capital of the State, for inter-action with Rajnath. He will also meet delegations.
Tomorrow evening, Rajnath will hold high-level review of security situation with top brass of all security and Intelligence agencies and civil administration for detailed assessment of the situation prevailing along the borders and hinterland with special focus on nearly 20 days of conditional ceasefire announced by him for the month of Ramzan. Security will be reviewed in detail for Shri Amarnath ji Yatra starting on June 28 for 60 days.
“Since there has been a demand from some quarters to extend the ceasefire, the Union Home Minister is likely to take views of all security and Intelligence agencies operating in the Valley before the Centre Government takes a call on whether to extend the ceasefire or not,” sources said.
The Union Home Minister would attend ‘Iftaar dinner’ to be hosted by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar tomorrow. He would have separate meetings with Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
On June 8, Rajnath Singh would reach Jammu from Kupwara and visit the International Border at RS Pura and Chakroi in Jammu district for direct inter-action with the people living along Indo-Pak border and examine the facilities made for them in the event of shelling and firing from Pakistan.
He will stay at the International Border for more than half an hour during which he will be briefed on the facilities reserved for the border dwellers in the event of migration during shelling and firing. He is likely to review the construction of individual and community bunkers, approved by him for the border people, during his visit to RS Pura sector.
Rajnath had approved Rs 415 crore for construction of 1431 community and 13,000 individual bunkers for the border dwellers in five border districts of Jammu region including Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri.
Rajnath will meet the BJP leaders here on Friday.
The Union Home Minister will inter-act with media at both Srinagar and Jammu. He would leave for New Delhi in the evening of June 8.
The Union Home Minister’s visit comes amidst an offer for talks with the Hurriyat Conference. The separatist amalgam, however, had made it clear that it was ready for a dialogue only if there was clarity on the initiative, Jammu and Kashmir was declared “disputed”, and a few other conditions were met.
The ongoing development projects, announced as part of the Rs 80,000 crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would also be reviewed by Rajnath, sources said.
A number of projects related to creating employment opportunities and sports infrastructure to attract youths might be unveiled during the visit.
This was the second high-level visit to the State after the announcement of suspension of operations by the Centre on May 16.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited all three regions of the State — Ladakh, Srinagar and Jammu, on May 19.


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