Central team reviews security, development


Jammu, Apr 13: A central team headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth Saturday reviewed the security scenario in J&K alongside progress made on the developmental and employment fronts in the State.
The 23-member team arrived here on Saturday on a day-long visit and held separate meetings with the Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to “discuss the security situation, development and employment initiatives.”
Official sources said the delegation, during its series of meetings, collected inputs on various development and employment related initiatives taken by the central government in Jammu and Kashmir. “The team was briefed about the progress made with regard to various centrally-sponsored schemes besides the proposals forwarded by the State to the Planning Commission of India for the current financial year,” they said.
The Cabinet Secretary, sources said, met Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here and discussed issues related to security and development.
During an hour-long meeting, the Governor and the Cabinet Secretary discussed various issues relating to the implementation of the ongoing development programmes and welfare schemes, an official spokesman said, adding the matters relating to internal and external security management also came up for discussion.
“Issues relating to the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan, Rehabilitation Package for Kashmiri Migrants, Centrally-Sponsored Schemes and other major infrastructure development projects were also discussed during the meeting,” the spokesman added.
Other matters which the Governor discussed with Seth related to the to-date implementation status of various hydel power projects in the State, four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, construction of Udhampur-Katra-Qazigund section of the Jammu-Baramulla Rail Link Project, up-gradation of Jammu and Srinagar Airports, quality of school education and delay in elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, and also the issues relating to “promotion of good governance.”
Advisor to Prime Minister on Skill Development, Subramanian Ramadorai, also had a separate meeting with the Governor during which the skill development programmes, including Udaan and Himayat and employment opportunities for the educated youth of Jammu and Kashmir were discussed.
The Cabinet Secretary earlier called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at his residence here. Sources said they are understood to have discussed developmental issues of the State during the meeting, including the state government's demand for Rs 30000 crore worth City Mobility Plan for the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar. Omar had taken up the demand with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram in January this year to cope with the ever-increasing demands of the cities, including metro services to address traffic congestion.
The central delegation also had a high-level security review meeting at the State Guest House here. Officers of the state government, Army, para-military forces, intelligence agencies and police attended the meeting.
The meeting chaired by Seth was attended by Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma; Secretary Coordination, Cabinet Secretariat, Alok Rawat; Secretary, Planning Commission Sindhushree Khullar; Additional Secretary, Home, K Skandan and Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Subash Chandra Garg.
State Chief Secretary MI Khanday, Director General Police Ashok Prasad, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Bharat Bhushan Vyas, Principal Secretary, Home, Suresh Kumar, GOC 15 Corp, GOC 16 Corps, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pradeep Gupta, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar, Special Director IB; DG, CRPF, Special DG, CRPF, Special DG, BSF, IG, CRPF, Jammu, IG, CRPF, Kashmir, IG, BSF, Jammu, IGP, Kashmir, IGP, Jammu, Joint Secretary, Defence, Commissioner, SB and Joint Director IB also attended the meeting.
The central delegation is also understood have reviewed issues related to security along the Line of Control (LoC), International Border (IB), Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and the Rehabilitation Policy.
The delegation also reviewed centrally-sponsored schemes, including Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan and other mega projects in a meeting with Administrative Secretaries of the State and Directors of some important departments.
The delegation was earlier scheduled to visit here on March 19 but the visit had to be postponed in view of the Parliament Session in New Delhi and the Budget Session of the State Legislature in Jammu.

Meanwhile, an official spokesman said wrapping up the day-long discussion on development-related issues and implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes in the State, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said the real progress can only be achieved when the beneficiaries of development projects feel a sense of satisfaction.
The Cabinet Secretary termed the discussions held throughout the day as “highly useful” while complementing the State team led by the State Chief Secretary MI Khanday.
He said both Central and State teams “have worked hard to achieve substantial progress and resolve several development related issues.”
He said it is a continuous process and will be carried forward in right earnest to resolve all other pending issues.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary MI Khanday said that significant progress was achieved in settling many development issues from the State’s point of view, adding “this will go a long way in putting Jammu and Kashmir on the right developmental trajectory.”
He said that the State Government will further pursue the pending issues with the Union Government in coming days.
The sectors that came up for discussion included Civil Aviation, Water Resources, Power, Social Welfare, Tourism and Culture, Higher Education, Technical Education, School Education, Wetland Management, Urban Development, Health and Family Welfare, Handicrafts, Agriculture and allied activities, Skill Development, Railways and Road projects.
The Central team comprised Advisor to Prime Minister S Ramadorai, Secretary Planning Commission Sindhushree Khullar, Defense Secretary, Shashi Kant Sharma, Secretary Coordination Cabinet Secretariat Alok Rawat, Secretary Power P Uma Shankar, Secretary Rural Devlopment S Vijay Kumar, Secretary Higher Education Ashok Thakur, Secretary Road Transport and Highways, Vijay Chhiber, Secretary Civil Aviation K N Shrivastava, Secretary Agriculture  and cooperation Ashish Bahugana, Secretary Health and Family Welfare Keshav Desiraju, Secretary School Education R Bhatacharia, Secretary Textiles Zohra Chatterji, Secretary Water Resources S K Sarkar and other senior level officers.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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