New Delhi: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed with him several issues related to Jammu and Kashmir. She requested the prime minister to expedite flood-protection work and dredging in river Jhelum as envisioned in the Prime Minister’s Development Plan. She also asked for speeding of work on the project reports for the Vailoo-Singhpora and Mughal Road tunnels. She apprised the prime minister of the need to declare Mughal Road as an alternative national highway.
The chief minister requested the prime minister to declare the stretch of road from Basohli to Pul Doda on the Lakhanpur-Mahanpur-Basohli-Dunera road as a new national highway and to initiate the process of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a tunnel at Chattergalla for providing additional surface connectivity to the state.
Mehbooba Mufti requested adequate funding for raising another battalion of women’s police in J&K Police’s Executive Cadre. She also requested funding from the centre for raising additional dwelling units in the transit accommodation units for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
The CM sought extension of the special dispensation of 50% quota for State Service officers to the three All India Services of IAS, IPS and IFS beyond 2013.
Implementation of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) in the state was also discussed in the meeting. The chief minister pressed for taking time-bound steps for the effective implementation of the agenda.
The prime minister assured that all support would be available to the state government in efforts to bring about socio-developmental change in the state. He assured that the issues raised by Mehbooba Mufti would be expeditiously looked into.