J&K CM Omar Abdullah meets PM, Sonia, Chidambaram

United News of India

New Delhi, April 19, 2011

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and discussed various issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

A press release of Information Department, Jammu and Kashmir, said the two leaders took stock of the socio-economic development, maintenance of peace and tranquility, holding of Panchayat elections, recently concluded elections to Legislative Council and the prevailing politico-economic scenario in the State.

The status and progress of the dialogue process between the interlocutors appointed by the Centre and various shades of public opinion in the State was also discussed in the meeting.

Mr Abdullah briefed the Prime Minister about the headway made by the State police in identifying the killers behind the assassination of religious leader Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah. He also gave an account of the holding of Panchayat elections in the State after 30 years and of the arrangements made to conduct them in a peaceful manner.

The Chief Minister also briefed the Prime Minister of the thumping victory of coalition candidates in the recently held elections to six seats in the Legislative Council.

Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for the liberal financial support by the Centre to the State in translating its development agenda into reality, the Chief Minister highlighted the necessity of enhancing the current year’s plan allocations for Jammu and Kashmir to ensure equitable and holistic development of all regions and sub-regions in the State.

Mr Abdullah sought Central approval for the report submitted by the Task Force regarding prioritisation of development projects in the State. He also stressed on early implementation of the recommendations of expert group under the chairmanship of Dr C Rangarajan to help Jammu and Kashmir to address the unemployment crisis.

The Chief Minister also sought Central assistance for upgradation of Srinagar Airport, expansion of Jammu Airport, extension of runway at Kargil Airport and wet leasing of helicopter service in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure connectivity to the hilly, remote and inaccessible areas especially during the winter months.

Mr Abdullah called for speeding up the work on railway, power and highway projects.

The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for his keen interest in the resolution of political issues in a political manner and development of Jammu and Kashmir on fast track.

The Prime Minister assured his full support to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister for peace and development initiatives.

Mr Abdullah also met ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and discussed with her various issues relating to the political affairs and economic development of the State.

He also held discussions with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the security scenario in the state and political developments.

The two leaders deliberated upon issues pertaining to the measures aimed at maintenance of law and order and peace in the State.

They reviewed the peace initiatives and measures in place to maintain law and order. Measures to curb militancy in a befitting and coordinated manner were also discussed.

Issues pertaining to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act were also discussed.