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Total of 809 police personnel sacrificed lives for security of JK

Written by: Staff

Jammu, Mar 28 (UNI) Acknowledging the outstanding role of Jammu and Kashmir police in tackling militancy during the last 16 years, the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today highlighted the sacrifices made by various police personnel and the special police officers (SPO) in the Legislative Council today.

Speaking during a discussion he said 809 police personnel including officers, 416 SPOs and VDCs have sacrificed their lives to curb militancy in the valley.

''J&K police combats militancy and protects lives and properties of the people,'' he added.

''I have recommended an increse in the SPO's monthly honorarium from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000 while such benefits to VDC members and home guards are under consideration,'' he said.

With regard to detenues, the Chief Minister said that all local detenues were in the state's jail and some of the foreign militants arrested were in jails outside the state.

''The militants not involved in heinous crimes or not having serious charges are being released on recommendation of a high level screening committee constituted for this specific purpose, he added.

The Chief Minister said with peace reinstated in the valley, economic activities would be generated, providing ample job opportunities to the people, including jobs in tourism, industries, agriculture sectors, police and security forces. Special drives were being organised to absorb the youth of the valley, he added.

The government would also formulate comprehensive policy for safeguarding and making best use of the evacuee property available in the state, Minister for consumer affairs and public distribution Hakim Mohammad Yasin said in the Legislative Council today.

The Minister added that a transparent and impartial system have been in operation to free the encroached evacuee land during last three years and many such lands have been reassigned for commercial use.

Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Abdul Rashid Dar today nominated Ashok Kumar Sharma, Nazir Ahmad Mir and Bilal Ahmad Lodhi as members of House Committee constituted to look into the appointments and allotment of land and flatsin custody.

Senior member of Legislative Council Prof Bhim Singh had been appointed as chairman of the committee earlier. The committee will submit its report in the next session.

The Legislative Council also passed the Jammu and Kashmir Consumer Protection Act 1987 Amendment Bill today which had been passed by Legislative Assembly earlier.


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