PM Modi may hold all-party meet on J&K June 24

NEW DELHI, 19 June 2021, (TON): With the security forces continuing to have an upper hand in Jammu & Kashmir and the state appearing to reap a safety dividend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold a meeting of all political parties in the state on June 24.

Official sources said “the plan for the meeting is under consideration and has been tentatively scheduled. The meeting will be seen as a bid to move the political process in the UT after a gradual easing of restrictions on internet and detention of political leaders. The agenda ahead includes delimitation and holding of elections and the installation of a government.

Home minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation in UT, sparking speculation about a possible political initiative. J&K LG Manoj Sinha attended the review held amid a steady decline in terrorist incidents, local recruitment and infiltration this year: gains which would not have looked possible until recently and which have enabled the administration to push the coverage of central schemes to 90% and vaccination coverage to 76% of the population aged 45 years and above.

Shah noted the improved security scenario and the expanded reach of central schemes, and stressed the need to speed up implementation of the PM’s development package and other industrial projects.

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