Security arrangements for BJY in place, Admn to facilitate it smoothly: LG

LG Manoj Sinha at a function at Zewan in Srinagar on Friday.
LG Manoj Sinha at a function at Zewan in Srinagar on Friday.

‘Anti-encroachment drive against big sharks only’

Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Jan 20: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today reiterated that those who misused powers to grab State land will face action and that the poor and common masses need not be afraid of the ongoing drive.

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Sinha said that all the security arrangements are in place for the Bharat Jodo Yatra and the administration will facilitate it smoothly.
Speaking to reporters at Zewan, Srinagar after inaugurating 930 Transit Accommodations for Migrant Kashmiri Pandits working under Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP), the LG reiterated that the ongoing drive to vacate State land from the encroachers is against the big sharks who misused the power and grabbed huge land.
“I want to assure the poor and common man that they won’t be touched and that they shouldn’t be afraid,” he said.
On security arrangements for the BJY, Sinha said that all security measures are in place and the administration will facilitate it smoothly. “Whatever security measures were needed have been taken,” he said.
The LG said that there was a time when land wasn’t available for the migrant KPs for construction of flats.
“Today, we have inaugurated a 930 flat-type transit accommodation for the migrant KPs. Majority of migrant KP employees working under PMRP are from Srinagar,” he said.
“A mega housing project have been started today and R&B has assured us that it will be completed by December. With the completion of this project their housing and other problems will be resolved,” he said.
“Similar projects are going on in other parts of Kashmir as well. Security concerns and the measures for protection of KPs have been taken care of well.”
He said as far as the promotions have been resolved and the non-gazetted migrant KP posts have been referred to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for making them gazetted cadre. “I hope orders will be issued soon,” he said.
“We are making efforts to resolve the issue of Kashmiri Pandits and their genuine demands are being met. The posts which were vacant and were not being filled and we have filled them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Secretary Department of Disaster Management Relief and Rehabilitation (DDMRR) Nazim Khan told reporters that 930 transit accommodations with lift and generator facilities have been set up at Zewan. “Similar projects are going on at nine other locations across Kashmir for migrant KPs,” he added.