Valley protests: Centre decides to draw hard line for J&K govt
Srinagar: Over the weekend, when J&K Chief Minister arrives in the Union Capital to meet senior functionaries of the Central Government, including, possibly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she will be told that there can’t be any “softening” of the ongoing campaign by security forces against what New Delhi sees as “anti-India” forces in the Valley.
According to The Indian Express that Mehbooba will also be told that there is no way Army and paramilitary forces will be asked to “tolerate” stone-throwers.
At the same time, sources in the BJP said the PDP-BJP alliance was intact and “whatever little pinpricks are there, will be sorted out mutually”.
In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a J&K package of Rs 80,000 crore of which only Rs 17,000 crore has been released. Among the schemes, 16 projects are linked to Nitin Gadkari-headed Road and Trasport ministry while Home Ministry and Finance Ministry has seven projects each, said officials.
Singh, along with officials of other ministries, including Finance and Road Transport, will hold a comprehensive review on Monday.
Today, Singh also appealed to states to ensure the safety of Kashmiris. “I appeal to all Chief Ministers to ensure that no Kashmiri youth is mistreated in any part of the nation. Even they are part of India. No one can rubbish this truth that many people from Kashmir are contributing to India’s safety and prosperity,” Singh said.
The Home Ministry issued an advisory to all states and UTs directing them to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri students and launched a helpline to register any complaints of harassment. His statement came in the wake of reports alleging that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were receiving threats. Condemning these incidents, the home minister also said that proper inquiry should be initiated in each case and strongest possible action should be taken against the guilty.
There was tension in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, on Wednesday when a group of locals clashed with a few Kashmiri students of Mewar University after they were allegedly called “stone pelters” and taunted over a video showing a CRPF jawan being heckled.
Also, hoardings asking Kashmiri students to leave Uttar Pradesh have appeared in Meerut.