Patil meets PM, discusses pay commission report, situation in J

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Home Minister Shivraj Patil today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and aprised him of the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the possible solutions to the Amarnath land row.

Mr Patil, who led an all party delegation to Jammu and Srinagar, is understood to have details of the deliberations he had held during the two rounds to talks with members of various political parties since Monday. Mr Patil, however, has not submitted any final report on behalf of the all party delegation about the Amarnath dispute to the Prime Minister.

The Home Ministry sources said Mr Patil had met the Prime Minister this morning for a discussion on the sixth pay commission recommendations. The meeting at which External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and other senior cabinet ministers were present discussed the pay commission report as the matter is likely to come before the cabinet tomorrow.

However, at the meeting the issue of Amarnath land row came up and Mr Patil gave a briefing about the situation prevailing in the state.

Meanwhile, the Ministry today refuted the claims of agitators in Srinagar that the national highway has been blocaded and movement of trucks carrying essential items to the Kashmir valley has been stopped by people agitating in Jammu against the revocation of the land granted to the Amarnath shrine board.

According to official spokesman of the Ministry during the past 24 hours upto the 0800 hrs today as many as 236 trucks and tankers carrying oil, gas, sheep, poultry and other items crossed the Jawahar Tunnel from Jammu side. Of these, 82 trucks and tankers reached Srinagar by 1400 hrs. As many as 25 light motor vehicles also crossed over to this side.

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