Srinagar, September 10: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reached Jammu and Kashmir as a part of his 4-day visit to the state and met Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Singh had said that he is visiting Kashmir with an open mind to ensure long term peace in the Valley.
Soon after his arrival the Union Home Minister had an hour long one-to-one meeting the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Singh later reviewed the status of implementation of the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir with the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh and Senior Officers of the MHA and State Government.
The PMDP, a Rs.80,068 crore package announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on November 7, 2015, covers 63 projects pertaining to 15 Ministries of the Government of India.
The Union Government has already sanctioned Rs.63,000 crores for the various projects, which amounts to 78 percent of the total cost of the PMDP package. An amount of nearly Rs.22,000 crore has been released.
Nearly two years after the PMDP-2015 was announced, five of the 63 projects have been completed. These include the prestigious Chenani-Nashri tunnel costing Rs.781 crore, announcement of remuneration to Special Police Officers (SPOs) from Rs.3,000 per month to upto Rs.6,000 per month as well as assistance provided for Pucca and Kuchcha houses damaged during the 2014 flood.
Rehabilitation plan for migrants of Jammu, PoK and Kashmiri Pandits was also reviewed. It was noted with satisfaction that the projects are progressing satisfactorily. During the meeting, other developmental projects under Urban Development, Solar Energy, Horticulture, Tourism etc were also reviewed.
Later, as many as 24 delegations of various organizations, including social, trade, travel and business from across Kashmir Valley called on Rajnath Singh. The delegations apprised the Union Home Minister about the varied problems relating to their respective organizations and submitted memorandum and requested for their resolution of issues on priority.