Governor fixes deadline for vacation of land by Army

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March 18:  In extensive discussions with Lt Gen D S Hooda, GOC-in-C Northern Command in a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan here today,  Governor N N Vohra reviewed the implementation of decisions taken in earlier Civil-Military Liaison Conferences in respect  of all land matters pertaining to the Army.
The meeting was attended by  B R Sharma, Chief Secretary; P K Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor; R K Goyal, Principal Secretary, Home; Asgar Hassan Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; and Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu.
After discussions it was agreed that Northern Army Headquarters would hand over 16.30 acres of State land held by it adjoining the Campus of Jammu University; 212 acres of land held by it at Tatoo Ground, Srinagar;  456.60 kanals of land at High Grounds, Anantnag; and land held at lower Khurba Thang in Kargil.
It was agreed that in so far land at the lower Plateau Khurba Thang would be taken over before 31st March when Chief Secretary visits Kargil, as Chairman of the Committee set up to deal with all  Army Key Location Plan matters.
As regards the land at three other places, they would be handed over before 31st March 2016. Regarding the Tatoo Ground Land, the Governor and Army Commander will jointly visit the site, before 31st March, to also discuss certain proposals regarding the utilisation of this land for creating a park, recreational facilities for youth etc.
The Governor directed that the Committee headed by the Chief Secretary shall visit Jammu University, Kargil and Anantnag to complete all formalities on the spot and take over the said sites.
The Governor also reviewed all other decisions and arrived at certain understandings with the Army Commander in regard to the location of HAWS in the Gulmarg Bowl. The Governor shall shortly have a further meeting in this regard with the Army Commander.
The meeting also discussed all cases related to the regularisation of certain lands and buildings held by the Army and decisions were taken to further action in this regard before 31st May, 2016. For this purpose, the Chief Secretary’s Committee shall meet regularly till all the cases are settled.
The meeting also discussed issues related to the notification of Firing Ranges at various places. It was decided that the Chief Secretary shall pursue the pending issues with the Ministry of Defence, particularly regarding the enhancement of the scales of rent payable for the required areas of land.
Meanwhile, Vohra also reviewed internal and external Security management issues in an extended meeting involving Civil, Police, Army  and Central Intelligence Agencies, held at Raj Bhavan here today.
The meeting was attended by B R Sharma, Chief Secretary; Lt Gen D S Hooda, GOC-in-C, Northern Command;  K Durga Prasad, DG, CRPF; K Rajendra Kumar, DGP, J&K; S K Bhagat, Special DG, CRPF; officers of Central Intelligence Agencies; Lt Gen. Satish Dua, GOC XV Corps;  Lt Gen R R Nimbhorkar, GOC XVI Corps; P K Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor; R K Goyal, Principal Secretary, Home; S M Sahai, ADGP, CID; Asgar Hassan Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; S J M Gillani, IGP, Kashmir; Danish Rana, IGP Jammu; Nalin Prabhat, IG, CRPF (Ops) Kashmir; Atul Karwal, IG, CRPF (Adm) Kashmir; Rakesh Sharma, IG, BSF Jammu; Vikash Chandra, IG BSF Kashmir and Zulfikar Hassan, IG (Ops) CRPF Hqrs.
The Governor was informed about the redeployments undertaken to strengthen security management in the aftermath of the Pampore terror attack. DGP J&K and the heads of the Security Forces confirmed that the Multi Agency Security Audit of all important establishments and vital installations in the State, undertaken after the recent attack on Air Force Base at Pathankot, has since been completed and necessary actions taken.
The meeting discussed various important issues relating to the effective enforcement of the Counter Infiltration and Counter Terrorism Grids along the IB and LoC in the Jammu and Kashmir regions. The earlier decided measures to be taken for maintaining internal order, particularly before, during and after encounters held by the Security Forces with militants/ terrorists, were discussed and certain fresh decisions were taken to more effectively ensure against collateral damage during encounters. It was also decided that enhanced attention/ increased deployment etc. shall be given to counter attempts of infiltration from across the International Border/ LoC.
In regard to enlarging awareness of the civilian population regarding the risks involved in gathering when operations are ongoing, the Chief Secretary informed that he had recently held a meeting with all District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police to sensitise them about various important issues relating to security and law and order maintenance. He said that he will be holding a similar meeting in Kashmir for ensuring enhanced coordination between Security Forces and Civil Administration.
The Governor stressed the need for continued cohesive action by all the Security Forces in tandem with the civil administration for ensuring  maintenance of public order. The Governor called upon the Police, CRPF and Army to keep a close constant vigil for effective security management.

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