Amit Shah to chair security review meet on JK

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to chair a high level meeting in New Delhi to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow, officials said.
According to reports, the meeting is scheduled at 11 am in North Block and will be attended among others from J&K by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) RK Goyal, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh and Special DG CID Rashmi Ranjan Swain.
Also Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and heads of all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Central Intelligence agencies as well as other senior officers of the MHA are expected to attend the meeting, they said.
The Lieutenant Governor is already in New Delhi and met defence minister Rajnath Singh.
Sources said that the meeting is to take overall review of security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of targeted killings and arrangements for upcoming Shri Amarnath Yatra.
The meeting comes a couple of days after that Lieutenant Governor constituted a special cell for PM package employees in the L-G secretariat to look into grievances of the Kashmiri Pandit employees.
The cell will coordinate with district administrations and other departments to resolve all issues. The administration is expected to present blue print of the scheme to relocate the PM Package employees to districts and tehsils considered safer.
On Friday last, Union Home Secretary held a meeting to review the conduct of upcoming Amarnath yatra, 2022 in which the Chief Secretary, DrArun Kumar Mehta briefed him about the arrangements made by the administration for its successful commencement.
The Chief Secretary had apprised the meeting that this year ‘state of the art arrangements’ have been made by the administration for smooth conduct of the yatra. He observed that the yatra is going to be performed after a gap of 2 years post covid-19 pandemic so it is expected that the number would be much higher than previous years.
Dr Mehta further informed that, unlike previous years, the tentment capacity enroute holy cave has been exceptionally enhanced to 70000 yatris from existing 29000 till last yatra. He also gave out that this year a pilgrim could undertake yatra in a single day from Srinagar-Holy Cave-Srinagar by using the helicopter services.
The Home Secretary was also briefed that formulation of comprehensive sanitation plan has been made to make the yatra ODF++ this year. Elucidating it was said that the arrangements have been made on the analogy of Kumbh Mela and there will be one sanitation worker for every 10 toilets and a supervisor for 10 sanitation workers.
Regarding security arrangements it was said that Joint Police Control Rooms (JPCRs)and Emergency Operation Centresas per NDMA suggestions has been established. Deployment of Mountain Rescue Teams by Police, NDRF, SDRF, CRPF has also been done to meet any eventuality.
Overall there would be a capacity of more than one lakh pilgrims at 147 locations with a provision for proper toilets/baths, langars and dozens of medical centres, as given in the meeting. The yatra would be conducted in a very pleasant atmosphere as enhanced number of cloak rooms, water dispensers, dust bins, bottle catchers, steel benches and signages have been erected by the Shrine Board this year.
Others who participated includes representatives from Ministries of Health, Road Transport, Telecom, IMD, NDRF from Government of India and other relevant stakeholders. (GNS)

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