Srinagar: The centre and state government have stepped up efforts to stop the tension in Kashmir. As summer is coming and tourist season in Kashmir is about to start, Since last year there the situation in Kashmir is tensed which have caused a huge loss to the local businesses in the valley.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today discussed situation prevailing in the Valley with top brass of para-military forces and Intelligence agencies, his second during past three days, and called an inter-Ministerial meeting in the Union capital tomorrow to review progress on Rs 80,080 crores worth Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for the State.
So far, Rs 17,000 crore has been released to the State Government by the Centre.
Around Rs 40,000 crore out of the Rs 80,000-crore package has been earmarked for improving road infrastructure, including semi-ring roads in Jammu and Srinagar, upgradation of important highways besides others.
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An amount of Rs 7,854 crore has been earmarked for flood relief, reconstruction and flood management.
A total of Rs 2,241 crore is meant for promoting tourism by developing new projects and tourist circuits, and setting up of 50 tourist villages.
In addition, Rs 11,708 crore is for power, new and renewable energy. This includes augmentation of power infrastructure and distribution systems, solar power, and small hydro projects.
Rs 4,900 crore has been earmarked for improving health care facilities in the State which includes creation of two AIIMS-like institutions in both major cities of the state, and support for creation of infrastructure in hospitals and primary health centres.The releasing of the fund was one on the agenda of the meeting held between CM Mehabooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narinder Modi which was held on April 24th.
Asserting that tackling summer unrest in the Kashmir valley was high on agenda of the Union Home Ministry, sources said it was in agreement with the State Government that youths had to be reached out by the administration to dissuade them from taking to streets and indulge in stone pelting, which could destroy tourist season in the Kashmir valley and also impact holy pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath ji cave shrine.
Different steps were under consideration of both Home Ministry as well as Jammu and Kashmir Government for engaging youth to prevent them from hitting the streets every now and then to pelt stones on para-military forces and police, which leads to disturbances and quite often the casualties of youngsters.
This year Kashmir is Hoping for a better summer Season and both will center as well as state government will make that happen.