Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday had a meeting with Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde at New Delhi and discussed various J&K issues pertaining to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said an official spokesman in a statement issued here.
He said the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister took up the issue of raising 05 IR (Law and Order) Battalions for Jammu and Kashmir Police in lieu of CRPF Battalions to be withdrawn from the State. “He also discussed matters pertaining to the sanction for deployment of additional 5,000 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs) in J&K on permanent basis as also enhancement of honorarium in favour of SPOs from existing Rs. 3000 per month to Rs. 5000 per month. The proposals in this regard have already been preferred to the MHA by the State Government”, the spokesman added.
Omar Abdullah sought early approval of MHA for Annual Action Plan for the year 2012-13 under Modernization of J&K State Police Force Scheme involving an expenditure of Rs. 123.11 crore. He emphasized on release of Rs. 30 crore approved by Home Ministry for upgradation of training institutions for the year 2011-12. He asked for additional Rs. 50 crore as second instalment for the year 2012-13. These funds are part of a Rs. 280 crore Project relating to upgradation of police training centres in the State.
The Chief Minister sought approval of the detailed proposal submitted by the State Government for the current financial year as revised estimates for the year 2012-13 under Security Related Expenditure (SRE). He urged for exemption of J&K State from recovery of cost of the deployment on account of RAF, CRPF, ITBP etc deployed in Jammu and Kashmir beyond 31.03.2009 upto 30.06.2012 which amounts to Rs. 514 crore.
Omar Abdullah discussed the issue of vacation of premises by security forces and stressed on time bound vacation of these premises by the forces to use these for original purposes.
The Chief Minister took up the matter of withdrawal of CRPF Battalions from law and order / CI Grid of J&K. He underlined the need for extension of benefit of scheme of Ministry of Home Affairs to the NoKs of police personnel killed between May 1999 and March 2001.
“The Home Minister assured early sorting out of these pending issues at the MHA level. He also assured all support to the Chief Minister in his mission to restore peace and maintain law and order in the State”, he added.