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Rajnath, Doval to visit Kashmir in next few days; Review security, flood mitigation


Srinagar, July 1:

A high-level delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is going to visit Kashmir in this week to review the security and the recent flood-like situation that the region had to face.


A source in New Delhi told The Kashmir Monitor that the delegation would do an overall review of the ‘security’ vis-à-vis the ongoing Amarnath Yatra and the authorities’ preparedness in the wake of recent flood-like situation.

“The delegation may also visit the Amarnath shrine. They are also expected to review the Rs 80,000 crore development package, especially in the backdrop of the recent flood like situation,” the source said.

Pertinently, it will be the first such visit of the Home Minister and NSA after the PDP-BJP alliance broke up recently.

On Sunday Rajnath spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on the flood situation in certain parts of the state and assured all possible help in dealing with the situation.

“The Home Minister had a telephonic conversation with the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N. N. Vohra on the flood situation in certain parts of the state. He assured all possible support and cooperation in dealing with the situation,” the Home Minister’s office said in a tweet.

Rajnath Singh also spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the prevailing flood situation in the state.

“All possible support is being provided to Assam and other North Eastern parts of the country for overcoming the flood situation,” his office said in another tweet.

His visit to Kashmir is also vital given the state’s political environment post the alliance break-up.

The state at present is seeing yet another stint of the Governor’s rule.

Every other day, rumours of political parties, regional and national, planning to tie-up some sort of majority with each other to form the government, are common.

Rajnath and Doval’s visit also comes days after BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on June 29.

Madhav, as per government spokesperson, had discussed with the Governor issues relating to the obtaining challenges before the state government and the arrangements made for the Amarnath Yatra.

Earlier in the first week of June, Rajnath was on a two-day visit to J&K to review arrangements for the annual Yatra.

During his visit, Rajnath met the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and also reviewed the security arrangements during a high-level meeting.

The Home Minister also met with various delegations during the visit.