Sharma to visit Kashmir today

Sharma to visit Kashmir today

New Delhi: The government of India’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma will be in Jammu and Kashmir today for his second visit to the state during which he will visit migrant camps in Jammu and south Kashmir.
Sharma, who visited Srinagar and Jammu earlier this month, will be in the state for four days, spending two days in Jammu before going to Kashmir, officials said.
In Jammu, he will visit camps of migrants from Kashmir as well as those displaced from border villages following shelling from Pakistan. In Kashmir, he will visit the “ground zero” of unrest in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts, they said.
Sharma was appointed the GoI’s interlocutor on October 23 to hold talks with all stakeholders in an effort to find lasting peace.

Sharma’s recommendations to GOI
Withdraw cases against first-time offenders involved in recent law and order situations
Allocate 800 megawatts of electricity to Jammu and Kashmir to meet acute shortage of power this winter
Jammu and Kashmir police personnel killed during anti-militancy operations should get ex-gratia relief of Rs 30 lakh
GOI should reimburse the expenditure incurred by the state government for providing relief to people affected by cross-border firing at rates that equals NDRF guidelines
SPOs fighting militancy should get ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh, instead of the current Rs 2 lakh


He has already initiated a slew of measures, including withdrawal of cases against first-time stone pelters and improving the power situation in the Valley, officials said.
Giving details of his Jammu visit, they said he will interact with Kashmiri Pandit families at the camps.
Around 60,000 Kashmiri Pandit families migrated in 1990. Of these, 39,000 families based themselves in various camps in Jammu.
The officials added that Sharma will also meet people who came from West Pakistan immediately after Partition in 1947 and settled in Jammu. There are nearly three lakh such people.
Besides, he will visit camps housing those displaced from their homes in border villages to understand their plight and ensure that they are properly rehabilitated.
The high point of his visit, officials said, will be his interactions with youths and students in Pulwama and Anantnag.
The districts were the epicentres of unrest following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.
After his first visit to the Valley, Sharma had suggested that cases against 4,500 youths involved in stone pelting for the first time be dropped in a bid to win hearts.

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