Pak may disrupt Amarnath Yatra, fears Nirmal Singh

‘First time a Kashmiri CM visited Baltal to review pilgrimage arragements’

Jammu: Asserting that the recent incidents of ceasefire violations were aimed at facilitating infiltration from across the border, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Monday said that Pakistan was desperately trying to disrupt the annual Amarnath Yatra in the state.

“The Pakistan side is desperate to attack Amarnath Yatra and Vishno Devio Yatra, in the wake of the tightened security in the state and the tough stand of the Central government,” he told reporters in Jammu.

While Pakistan army and the ISI are busy in antiĀ¬India activities, the intentions of the Pakistan government are also not clear, he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also hit out at reports of discrimination by the state government with Jammu and Ladakh region.

Earlier there were talks of discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh region, but the party will ensure that there is an end to such discrimination, he said.

Singh pointed out that it was for the first time that a Kashmir based Chief Minister himself went to Baltal to take stock of the arrangements being made for the annual Amarnath Yatra.

He said that the government was working towards making Jammu an independent tourist destination and the work on developing several places in the region has already been started.

“The work on the artificial lake in Jammu is on and soon it would be completed,” he said. On the issue of setting up of AIIMS in Jammu, Singh expressed hope that the Union government would soon make an announcement.

“Some people launched an agitation for AIIMS recently, but we are hopeful that the Central government will make an announcement of setting up of AIIMS in Jammu soon. The announcement will be made soon as it is the commitment of the central government,” he said. Singh, however, criticized Congress, who were in power at the Centre and the state for ignoring the issue.

He accused Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad who was the Union Health minister during the UPA regime of not doing anything for setting up of the premier health institution in Jammu.

“What was Ghulam Nabi Azad doing when he was the Union health minister,” he said. Singh said that the government was working towards improving the power scenario in the state and was planning to announce amnesty for the people who are unable to clear their electricity dues.

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