Jaitley, Mehbooba discuss funds flow to J&K
Published on May 19, 2017

Jaitley, Mehbooba discuss funds flow to J&K

Jaitley, Mehbooba discuss funds flow to J&K

Majority of people want peace here, says CM

Srinagar, May 18: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here and discussed various issues pertaining to the state, including funds flow under the Prime Minister's Development Plan.

Jaitley, who arrived here yesterday for the GST Council meet, had a 45-minute meeting with the Chief Minister, officials said.     

"Mehbooba Mufti discussed with the union finance minister the process of funds flow to the state, particularly the Prime Minister’s Development Plan, and sought timely and periodic release of funds under the plan," officials said after the meeting.

The Chief Minister also sought liberal financial assistance, including restructuring of credit facility to business units, for the state and the youth who suffered due to the unrest of last year and floods of 2016, the officials added.

Jaitley, who holds the Defence portfolio as well, yesterday reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control and in the hinterland in the Valley at a meeting with top army officials.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was also present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister today said law of land should deal with people accepting money to disrupt peace in the Valley.

"You need to differentiate between people who really want to restore peace and normalcy in the state and those people who have made it a business to keep the valley on fire. So we have to distinguish between the two," she told reporters here.

She said majority of the people in the state want to restore peace and want development and progress.

"But there is a section of people who have themselves accepted that they get money and use money to disrupt peace and tranquility of the state. So there is a law of the land which will deal with it accordingly," she said.

Asked about rethink on the way her government engages with stakeholders, she said, "You can't see everybody through same glasses. There are people who want peace with dignity and honour, there are people who want to disrupt peace. We have to differentiate between the two."

On stone pelting, she said both State and the Centre are dealing with the situation. "Situation is improving day by day."

On the ICJ judgement on Jadhav, she said it is a great relief for the country. "One life saved is a great thing." 

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