Srinagar, September 10: Kashmir will become heaven again and no power in the world can stop this from happening. This was said by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday during his interaction with police officials in south Kashmir's Anantnag district today on the second day of his 4-day visit to the valley.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also reiterated that he is willing to have a discussion with anyone with an open heart to bring peace to the Valley. Minister Rajnath Singh during the interaction said Kashmir will be rid of violence and will become heaven again, adding no power in the world can stop this from happening.
On this occasion, Minister Rajnath Singh also announced that state police will soon get the bullet proof vehicles as the Ministry has already allocated funds for it. He said, "Orders have been issued for bullet proof vehicles at all police stations in Jammu and Kashmir. Our jawans should also get bullet proof jackets and fund for this has been released."
The Home Minister also said the Centre has approved funds for opening a trauma centre for police personnel and lauded them for working in challenging conditions in the Valley.
Remembering ASI Abdul Rashid, who was shot dead by a group terrorist in an attack in Srinagar, Rajnath Singh said he was upset to see his daughter crying. "I saw image of ASI Abdul Rashid's daughter Zohra. After seeing her teary-eyed face, my heart cannot stop feeling her pain," he added.
Delivering Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to the security personnel, Home Minister Singh said, "I have Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message for you, he appreciated and acknowledged bravery and valour shown by you."
Earlier, on Saturday, Rajnath Singh interacted with more than 30 delegations from different walks of life. During the meet, Home Minister said, he has come with an open mind and is willing to meet anyone who helps the government find solutions to the state's problems.
Home Minister Rajnath also interacted with delegations representing different communities, including Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs, Shias, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Paharis. Fruit growers and self-employed women also met the minister. They apprised the Minister of their problems and submitted memoranda to this effect. The meetings lasted more than three hours.
Rajnath Singh also met Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan and discussed several important issues relating to the challenges being faced in the state. Besides security-related issues, Vohra stressed on the efficient and accountable functioning of administrative machinery, eradication of corruption, protecting academic interests of youth, and early conduct of the pending elections to rural and urban local self-governing bodies.
Minister Singh also reviewed progress on the implementation of the 80,000-crore rupees Prime Minister's Development Package for Jammu and Kashmir and directed officials to expedite work. At a review meeting chaired by him, officials said Centre has already sanctioned 62,599 crore rupees, about 78 per cent of the package amount, and released 22,000 crore rupees.
The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, state chief secretary BB Vyas and officials from the Union Home Ministry. The chief minister assured the state government's full support in the implementation of the PMDP and on all other fronts.