Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the Centre would take a final decision with regard to Kashmir unrest on the basis of feedback and suggestions given by the all party-delegation scheduled to visit the valley on Sunday.
Singh said, “We had a meeting regarding the all-party delegation, which will visit Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow. The leaders from all parties gave in their suggestions. This delegation will meet the different delegations in Kashmir.”
“After coming back, our all-party delegation will convene a meeting and give suggestions on the basis of which the Centre will decide its future course of action,” he added. Singh on Saturday chaired a meeting of about 30 Members of Parliament, who will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
During the two-day visit, the MPs will interact with Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, and will also be holding meetings with representatives of all political parties and other delegations in Srinagar to bring peace in the restive Valley.
As the Centre announced a special package of Rs. 200 crore to engage the youth of Jammu and Kashmir in constructive sporting activities, Yechury had earlier said, “First of all, trust deficit has to be overcomed. Over the last 70 years, thousands of crores of rupees have gone, but still trust deficit is there. So, address the trust deficit first. That is an important issue and that is what we want to do.”
The Centre’s package provides for construction of indoor sporting halls in all districts of the state to provide playing facilities to the youth during long winters. Under the package, two stadiums in Srinagar and Jammu will be upgraded to the international standards, while existing stadiums at Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur will also be upgraded.
Besides, water sport facilities will also be provided at an estimated cost of six crore rupees. A special programme ‘Sports for AII’ is being implemented through J-K State Sports Council for immediate engagement of youth in sporting activities by organising village-level competitions and development of popular sports, while five crore rupees have already been provided to the council for organising these activities.
Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Dr Jitendra Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan will also be part of the delegation, besides leaders of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge. JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D. Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and TMC’s Saugata Roy will be the part of the delegation.
The Valley is facing unrest due to protests in the aftermath of the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8. The Valley has seen possibly the longest spell of protests for over 50 days in which 70 people have lost their lives so far.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the use of chilli-filled grenades as an alternative to pellet guns, which will be used in rarest of rare cases for crowd control measures in the Valley ahead of his visit to Kashmir for the all-party delegation meet on Sunday.
The Home Minister cleared the file for use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) also called Nonivamide as an
alternative to the pellet guns, official sources said. They said as many as 1000 shells would be reaching the Kashmir Valley on Sunday.
(With inputs from PTI)