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KashmirMehbooba chairs maiden UHQ meet, stresses on safety of people

Mehbooba chairs maiden UHQ meet, stresses on safety of people


Srinagar, May 10 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today chaired her maiden Unified Headquarters (UHQ) meeting after assuming office last month and urged the security agencies to conduct their operations keeping in view the safety of the people.

“The security agencies should conduct their operations keeping in view the safety of the people so that an of peace and tranquility is maintained. This will enable the government to implement its agenda of good governance and development in the state,” she told the meeting.

The meeting was attended among others by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and top brass of Army, police, BSF, CRPF, Central and state intelligence agencies. It discussed threadbare the entire gamut of security-related matters and peace on borders in the state, an official spokesman said.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister was briefed about wide-ranging issues, overall security scenario as well as the steps taken to maintain peace in the state.

Mehbooba focused on a humane approach while dealing with law-and-order situations on the ground, the spokesman said, adding she insisted that Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) should be maintained at all costs.

“Any incident of civilian killing reverses all the gains that have been achieved so far,” she said.

While asking the security agencies to maintain restraint at all costs so as to avoid any civilian casualties and collateral damage, Mehbooba said it would be in the fitness of things to give an option of homecoming to the local youth who have picked up guns.

She also underlined the importance of UHQ as an apex platform to synchronise the endeavours of the civil administration, security forces and the state Police for evolving a cogent response to tackle the internal and external challenges to peace in the state.

To further the sense of normalcy, she said the visibility of the security forces and bunkers should be minimised in the civilian areas.

She also stressed upon reducing the footprint of security forces at various tourist places and airports so as to cause less inconvenience to the visitors and to welcome them with a sense of normalcy.

Referring to the importance of peace and tranquility along borders, the Chief Minister insisted upon taking forward the initiative of border , started by former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at Suchetgarh, in Jammu.

She also asked the security agencies to showcase the area of Baba Chamliyal as a symbol of great reverence, observed by people from both the sides.

On the smooth conduct of upcoming Amarnath Yatra, Mehbooba stressed upon involvement of locals to facilitate the pilgrims.

“Kashmiris have for long been an epitome of hospitality which they have proved time and again during the yatra. Our young boys should be made part of this activity,” she said, adding this will go a long way in generating a very positive perception about the youth who are otherwise “being demonised”.

Underlining the need for ameliorating the sufferings of the people, the Chief Minister said the civil administration, with active support of police and other agencies, should try to resolve burning problems of common masses like water scarcity, power disruptions, traffic mismanagement as these lead to public discontent and subsequent law-and-order situations.

While appreciating the role of security forces and the Police in civic action programmes, wherein youth are being provided different platforms to showcase their talent especially in the field of , she also asked them to involve the local youth in larger activities like maintaining micro-hydel projects et al.

She said the State Police needs to be complimented for the way they have been working under tremendous pressure from all sides to maintain law-and-order.

She also complimented the Army for its Super 30 coaching initiative whereby J-K students have been able to crack -level competitive exams.

The Deputy Chief Minister, in his address, appreciated the coordination between various wings of security forces and maintained that it was due to their coordinated efforts that peace has been restored and sustained across the state and now the onus lies on us to ensure that it remains constant.

Singh stressed upon following the Agenda of Alliance between the coalition partners, adding only then will the targets fixed in the agenda be achieved.

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