Ensure poorest of the poor get the benefits of welfare schemes: Union Home Minister
Union Home Minister reviews overall security Security Scenario Directs that security arrangements for Shri Amarnathji Yatra be tightened further
Lauds the sacrifices of brave J&K policemen : Asks administration to ensure that memorials be built for the brave martyrs in their hometowns/villages.
SRINAGAR, JUNE 27: During his first visit to the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, held a number of meetings with officials to assess the Security Scenario in the state, review preparations for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra and provide Good Governance in the state. He also interacted with a representative group of Sarpanches from the state to gain an insight into the current state of functioning of Panchayats in the state. During the visit, the Union Home Minister also visited the home of the martyred Inspector of J&K Police, Late Shri Arshad Khan.
The meetings in Srinagar were attended by the Governor, Union Home Secretary, all four Advisors, the Chief Secretary and Senior officials of the State and Central Governments, of Security Agencies and the Armed Forces.
The review of development programmes focused on improving the lives of the common man. The review covered a wide range of issues connected with improving the economic condition of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, providing them with employment and livelihood opportunities, providing them the benefit of social security schemes, and raising their incomes. The review included, among others, good governance, accelerating development, strengthening the Panchayat and Municipal system, fast tracking the implementation of the Prime Minister Development Package, building first rate infrastructure, inclusive growth for all communities, balanced regional development with special emphasis on employment generation, and reaching out to the youth.
The Union Home Minister’s focus was primarily on ensuring that the benefits of growth and development reach the poorest of the poor. He asked the State Government to focus on better and more efficient implementation of development schemes so that corruption and leakages are plugged and the citizens to get the intended benefits.
While reviewing the preparations for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, the Union Home Minister’s focus was on a safe and smooth conduct of the Yatra. The review focused on the preparations made so far by security forces in this regard, the improvements made in the arrangements as compared to the previous years and any further requirements of security forces. The review also examined the administrative and other arrangements made for ensuring smooth conduct of the Yatra.
In the Security Review, the security agencies gave a detailed briefing on the security scenario in the state, the results of the last one years’ efforts in containing militancy and their future plans. While the improvements in the security scenario were noted and appreciated, there was a detailed discussion on what further improvements could be made for restoring peace normalcy in the state.
The Home Minister gave directions on a number of issues:
During the review of the preparations for the Shri Amarnathji Yatra, the Union Home Minister directed all security agencies to be fully alert and take all preventive steps to ensure violence free Yatra. He directed that:
Appreciating the whole-hearted cooperation of the people of the State in successful conduct of the Yatra, the Union Home Minister reassured his commitment towards best possible arrangements.
After a detailed briefing on the prevailing Security Scenario in the state, the Union Home Minister, while appreciating the significant improvement in all the parameters relating to the security situation, directed that:
The Union Home Minister also visited the home of the martyred Inspector of J&K Police, Late Shri Arshad Khan and consoled his bereaved family. He handed over an appointment letter to his wife for a job in the State Government.
The Union Home Minister praised the work of JK Police in countering terrorism and militancy and directed that the State Government shouldcommemorate the martyrdom of its policemen in their hometowns/ villages in an appropriate manner each year. Prominent public places should also be named after martyred policemen.
The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah further added that he would review periodically the performance of the state on multiple fronts.
Later Chief Secretary, J&K Mr. B. V. R.Subrahmanyam, Union Additional Secretary Home Mr. Gyanesh Kumar and Union Special Secretary (Internal Security) Mr. A. P. Maheshwari briefed the media at Srinagar about the two days visit of Union Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah to J&K. Principal Secretary Home, J&K Mr. Shaleen Kabra was also present on the occasion