Mehbooba Mufti calls on PM


New Delhi, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is in the national capital, today called on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi here this afternoon.

She brought several issues confronting the State into the notice of the Prime Minister.

The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister for expediting the flood protection works and dredging in river Jhelum as envisioned in the Prime Minister’s Development Plan, an official handout said.

She sought immediate mobilization of resources by the Dredging Corporation of India and the concerned union Ministry for expeditious dredging in river Jhelum and completion of other flood protection works in it.

Mehbooba also sought pacing up of work on the DPRs for Vailoo-Singhpora and Mughal road tunnels by way of periodic release of funds and requisite technical help from the concerned Central Government agencies.

She apprised the Prime Minister of the need to declare Mughal Road as an alternative National Highway in view of the frequent climatic obstructions on the only road link between Jammu and Srinagar.

Besides, the Chief Minister also requested the Prime Minister to declare the stretch from Basohli to Pul Doda on the Lakhanpur-Mahanpur-Basohli-Dunera road as a new National Highway and initiate the DPR process for a tunnel at Chattergalla for providing additional surface connectivity to the State with rest of the country.

Mehbooba also requested for adequate funding for raising another battalion of women’s Police in J&K Police Executive Cadre.

She requested for funding from the Centre for raising additional dwelling units in the Transit accommodation units for Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.

The Chief Minister sought extension of the special dispensation of 50% quota for State Service officers to the three All India Services of IAS, IPS and IFS beyond 2013.

Implementation of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) in the State was also discussed in the meeting and the Chief Minister pressed for taking time bound steps for the effective implementation of the said agenda.

The Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister that all out support from the Centre would be available to the State Government led by her in its efforts to bring around a socio developmental change in the State, the statement said.

Modi also assured Mehbooba that the issues raised by her would be expeditiously looked into and paced up for early resolution and disposal.