SRINAGAR: A 3-member delegation of British High Commission in India called on Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta here on Wednesday and held wide-ranging discussions on varied issues concerning the Jammu and Kashmir.
The delegation comprising, Head, Indian Foreign and Security Policy Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Richard Crossby, Head, Indian Foreign & Security Policy Team, British High Commission in New Delhi, Alex Pykett and Senior Foreign Policy Adviser, British High Commission in New Delhi, Dr Deep Jyoti Barman remained with the Deputy Chief Minister for half an hour and held discussion on the overall scenario of Jammu and Kashmir with specific reference to socio-economic development, culture, tourism, education, road communication and power sectors. The British delegation evinced keen interest in the on-going major road and railway projects, especially the tunnels, flyovers on Jammu-Srinagar-Leh National Highway and power projects across the State.
The Deputy Chief Minister apprised the delegation that the developmental process has been speeded up in the State since the new regime has taken over and Central Government has ensured free flow of funds to complete these infrastructural projects in a time bound manner. He referred to the Rs 80,000 Crore special package under PMDP which is aimed at to give further push to the developmental scenario of all regions of the State. He also referred recent visit of Prime Minister to State when he launched over Rs 25000 crore projects for the people of State.
Meanwhile the delegation also called on Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Higher Education, Imran Raza Ansari here. During an hour-long meeting, the delegation apprised the Minister about the experience of their Kashmir visit.
“The hospitality of Kashmir is unparalleled,” said the delegation. They also spoke about the enchanting beauty of the Kashmir Valley. “We have seen and experienced how one is exposed to the stunning beauty and locale of Kashmir region,” they added.
The delegation also discussed various initiatives taken by the British High Commission in India. The delegation hoped that the Kashmir region would come up well on education map and exhibit their presence in world educational sector.
On the occasion, Ansari also discussed various initiatives undertaken by the present government in various fields for the overall development of the State. He also discussed initiatives and steps taken by the Government in Higher Education Department.