Home ministry turns down JK Police’s ‘winning hearts and minds’ programme

Home ministry turns down JK Police’s ‘winning hearts and minds’ programme
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Instead, police dept advised to organise cultural fests with Bollywood celebrities

Srinagar: The government of India has turned down the proposal submitted by Jammu and Kashmir Police for a civic action programme (CAP) this year, asking the department to file a revised one with its emphasis on cultural and theatre festivals.
The CAP was aimed at “winning the hearts and minds” of the hostile population in the state. Police were to undertake “area specific and need based” works, apart from organising events of sports, education, culture, vocational training, and opening of youth clubs.
However, the home ministry has conveyed to the police that the CAP proposal for Rs 673.48 lakh has “no justification” for grant of funds on two major parts of the proposal: sports, and drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres.

Police’s Civic Action Programme
Nearly Rs 7 crore proposal submitted to Home Ministry for this year
No ‘justification’ for granting funds for sports and establishing drugs deaddiction centres
Sports Ministry releases Rs 14 crore to JK under Khelo India scheme
Police planned to establish 23 drug deaddiction centres in J&K
Now JK Bank to establish one deaddiction centre under CSR

The police had sought funds for organising sports activities such as cricket and football in the state and also for tournaments of other sports. But the home ministry has said that the ministry of sports and youth affairs has already released above Rs 14 crore to 22 districts of J&K under the Khelo India scheme.
The scheme provides for grooming of sports enthusiasts and development of infrastructure in all J&K districts. A panel led by the district commissioner and the district police chief, and having commandant CAPFs besides sports council members, will have authority to carry out activities under the scheme, the home ministry pointed out.
As such, “there seems no justification for incurring of huge amount by J&K police on sports activities,” said the ministry’s letter, accessed by Kashmir Reader, sent to Director General of Police SP Vaid two months ago.
The ministry’s office in North Block has also refused to grant funds for establishing drug de-addiction centres. Currently, a major drug de-addiction centre run by the police department in the Kashmir police control room (PCR) has both an out-patient and in-patient facility. Early this year, police had told the J&K High Court, in response to a PIL, that they had sought funds from the home ministry for establishing 23 drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres in districts.
The home ministry’s letter said that its SRE standing committee had declined to grant funds to the police for these centres. The committee had, instead, advised the police to consult the ministry of social justice and empowerment for funds.
“There seems no justification for incurring expenditure from SRE on them (drug de-addiction centres and honorarium to staff),” the letter said.
The home ministry has asked the JK Police to file a revised proposal with emphasis on cultural and theatre festivals, which should feature prominent Bollywood actors and singers.

J&K Director General of Police SP Vaid admitted to Kashmir Reader that the police department’s proposal had not been approved. He said that the department has now approached the J&K Bank for funds for establishing drug de-addiction centres. He said the J&K Bank has agreed to establish one centre under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations.