As Rajnath Reaches Srinagar, Mehbooba Seeks Time Bound 'Agenda Of Alliance' Implementation

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Singh also took a review of the implementation of Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP), along with Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, at a high level meeting of officers here.

As many as 24 delegations, mostly related with trade and tourism activities, called upon the Home Minister on the first day of his visit.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who heads the Congress policy planning group on Kashmir, will also lead a team of party leaders to J&K next week for discussions on the current situation in the state with party workers and various sections of people. He said said that keeping in mind the safety of police personnel who were working in a challenging environment, we have ordered for bullet proof vehicles at all police stations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shunu said the exorbitant airfare to Leh round the year, especially during the months when the road-link is closed, is a source of great misery to the people. The spokesman said the delegations apprised the Union Home Minister about the varied problems relating to their respective organisations and submitted memorandum and requested for their resolution of issues on priority. The total cost of PMDP is Rs 80,068 crores that includes 63 projects.

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The panel would visit Kashmir Valley on September 16 and 17 and Ladakh region on a later date. Singh's Kashmir visit comes in the backdrop of PM Modi's Red Fort speech where he had said neither bullets nor abuse can solve the Kashmir problem. One AK 47 rifle with two magazines and 23 rounds of live ammunition, one grenade and pouch were found on the slain militant, he said.

The militants also fired on a security forces party at Burbugh village in Imam Sahib, Shopian in south Kashmir this evening.

Meanwhile, a police official said that the firing from across the border in Debraj, Krishna Ghati and Ishapur in Mendhar sector started around 10.30 am, prompting retaliation by Indian troops guarding the border.