Sonia likely to accompany PM

No Change In Dr Singh’s Kashmir Visit: Omar


Srinagar, June 12: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is likely to accompany Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during his visit to Kashmir scheduled later this month.
“We are in discussion with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and possibly she will also be visiting the state,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of the police function here.
To a question whether resumption of dialogue between New Delhi and the separatists was on agenda of the PM’s Kashmir visit, Omar said: “We are working-out the details of the visit. What will be involved and what are the issues.” He said the State Government was in touch with the Prime Minister's office to work-out the modalities of his visit to the state.
About the timing of the PM’s proposed visit, Omar said; “It was incorrect that the visit has been cancelled.” The Prime Minister's visit stands as of now, Omar said. Pertinently, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Kashmir and earthquake affected Doda and Bhaderwah towns on June 15.
Gandhi had to cancel his May 28 visit to the state due to his preoccupation in Chhattisgarh where the Maoists killed senior Congress leaders.
Gandhi would first visit Budgam district in connection with launch of “Umeed” scheme in J&K. In the afternoon, he would fly to Doda and Bhaderwah to assess the damage caused by earthquake on May 1, sources said.
Omar asked the Government of India to act upon the report of the interlocutors who were tasked to prepare a roadmap for Kashmir resolution. “We just want action should be taken on the report,” Omar said.
The team of interlocutors comprising noted journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, former Information Commissioner MM Ansari and Radha Kumar was constituted following the 2010 unrest in Kashmir in which over 120 youth were killed in action by police and CRPF personnel.
The team submitted its report to the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in 2011 however New Delhi is yet to act upon the recommendations in the report concerning the political issue of Kashmir.
Omar said the state government was in touch with the Prime Minister’s office over finalization of the annual plan for J&K for 2013-14.
“We are working it out with PMO because we obviously want large plan size as we are preparing for Assembly elections,” Omar said.
At least two scheduled meetings between the state Government and Planning Commission of India for May 20 and June 20 to finalize the state’s annual plan have been cancelled.
There are reports that the Planning Commission (PCI) was not satisfied with JK’s poor revenue generation during last few financial years.
A senior official in the Finance Department said there were some “issues” between the state government and PCI over “Scheme of Financing SOF)” under the plan which was being worked out.
However, Omar said there was no problem with the SOF. “We are in touch with the PMO,” he said.
The state has already projected demand of Rs 8050 crore plan for the current fiscal, a 10 percent increase over the last years’ plan size of Rs 7300 crore.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST

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