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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 29
It was daring on par of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to have reiterated the demand for opening of more cross-LoC routes between two parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday when she met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar amid the heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
She reiterated her demand for opening of more travel and trade routes across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate enhanced movement of people and goods on the two sides of the divide. She also sought handing over of Tattoo Ground land in Srinagar to the State Government besides revision of rent on the land used by the Army in the State.
The Chief Minister also sought regularization of Nepal route for youth who want to return from Pakistan occupied Kashmir . She said in the absence of regularizing the said route, youth returning back to the State are facing innumerable problems.
Mehbooba Mufti also raised the issue of revision of ex gratia scheme in the State. She sought revision of existing rates of compensation and ex-gratia and also including some new components like loss of livestock in the scheme. She also requested for enhancement in the honorarium of SPOs working in the Police Department which also has been earmarked in the Prime Minister’s Development Programme.
The Union Home Minister assured the Chief Minister that the demands and issues raised by her would be expeditiously resolved.
In her meeting with the Defence Minister, Mehbooba Mufti sought handing over of the land at Tattoo Ground, Srinagar to the State Government so that the same could be used for promotion of tourism activities and creation of lung space for the city, in view of the centrality of the location. She also demanded revision of rent on the land under use of the Army in the State.
The Chief Minister also asked for enhancement of rates of compensation to population affected by firing ranges in various parts of the State as the livelihood of many in the villages depends on the income from such pieces of land. She also sought recruitment of more youth from the State in the Territorial Army.
The Defence Minister also assured the Chief Minister of a speedy response on the demands raised by her.
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