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Manmohan to announce economic package for J&K
Tara Shankar Sahay in Delhi | September 08, 2004 21:49 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will announce a multi-crore economic package for Kashmiris during his two-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir starting September 16, a top government official told rediff.com
"It is likely that he will set up a high-powered committee under his chairmanship for the purpose," the senior Ministry of Home Affairs official added.
He said package the will go a long way is helping J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed apply the healing touch to the state.
In fact the J&K chief minister had gone to Delhi at July-end and requested the prime minister to announce such a package.
The official said the Mufti had sought a grant of Rs 3500 crore.
Singh during his visit to J&K will be briefed by personnel of army intelligence, the Central Reserve Police Force, and representatives of the Intelligence Bureau.
On the question of J&K Governor Lieutenant-General (retd) Srinivas Kumar Sinha's equation with the Centre, the official said that it was unlikely that the gubernatorial office would have a new appointee.
It is no secret that the Mufti and the governor can't see eye-to-eye.
Sinha had been appointed by the erstwhile National Democratic Alliance government of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with which he had a 'solid equation'.
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