Visiting J&K with open mind: Rajnath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 10:14:39


Sept 8,


AHEAD of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said he is going there with an “open mind” and is ready to meet anyone who wishes to interact with him as the Government wants resolution of all the problems. During his four-day visit beginning Saturday, Singh will travel to Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits, business leaders and others, a move seen as a follow-up to the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech in which he had reached out to the people of the Valley.

“I am going with an open mind and I am willing to meet all those who come to meet me. We want a resolution to the problems,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. A Home Ministry statement said during his visit, the Home Minister will meet Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He will also review the works related to the Prime Minister’s development package of Rs 80,000 crore announced in 2015 and security situation in the State, it said.Singh will interact with the personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the CRPF and the BSF, who have been in the forefront of the anti-militancy operations in the State, in Anantnag.

On Sunday, Singh is expected to attend a comprehensive security review meeting with the Chief Minister and the top brass of the Army, CRPF and J&K police.Singh is also likely to interact with college students in Srinagar to get their views on the Kashmir situation. The Home Minister will address a press conference in Srinagar on Monday before leaving for Jammu. He will also visit a camp of the BSF in Rajouri. In Jammu, the Home Minister will meet stakeholders including traders, migrants, Kashmiri pandits and representatives of communities including Gujjars and Bakarwals.