MHA convenes crucial meet on J&K in Delhi tomorrow


Srinagar, Apr 11 : The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has convened a crucial meeting on Jammu and Kashmir in Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss ongoing preparations on G-20 summit, security situation and the developmental pace in the UT.

A top MHA official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the Ministry has invited officials from J&K including LG Manoj Sinha, DGP Dilbagh Singh, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar, DG CID and Home Secretary for a meeting scheduled at 5 pm at North Block, New Delhi.

“The meeting will be chaired by top officials of MHA. It will discuss preparations for G-20 summit meetings to be held in Srinagar in the month of May, security situation and the pace of various developmental projects going on in J&K,” the official said, wishing not to be named.

He said that the MHA would like to know the status of preparations for hosting the G-20 dignitaries and the venues where the events would be held. The official said that the meeting will also discuss the status of militancy in J&K and the overall security scenario prevailing in J&K.

He said that the MHA officials would also like to get feedback about the tourist footfall in J&K and its impact on the economy and overall situation. The official said that the meeting would deliberate on the status of militancy, law and order situation and the progress achieved “thereof in rooting out the terrorism from J&K soil.”

Pertinently, DGP Dilbagh Singh recently stated that the number of local as well as foreign militants was at an all time low in J&K and efforts are on to eliminate the remaining militants. He had stated that even though militancy was not over but “it was on the death bed.”

Sources in the MHA said that G-20 event preparations will be the primary focus of the MHA meeting followed by security review. Earlier, DGP Dilbagh Singh had told reporters in Srinagar that some G-20 summit are likely to be held in Srinagar. It may be recalled that Srinagar city is going through a major infrastructural revamp under the Smart City Project. Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta recently said Srinagar would have been never better as it is going to be in days ahead. However, it is believed that massive constructions of roads in Srinagar is aimed to ensure further beautification of the city ahead of the G-20 event likely to be held in Srinagar in May—(KNO)


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