Home Ministry ‘examining’ Kousar Nag yatra row

Kashmir a sensitive issue, Centre dealing cautiously: Rijiju

Terming the Kashmir issue as “sensitive”, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Sunday said the Centre was dealing with the matter cautiously by taking all measures “in national interest.”
“It is not wise enough on my part (now) to spell out the steps which we are planning to take because it is a sensitive matter and we are dealing with it cautiously and we have to see everything in national interest,” Rijiju told reporters.
He was speaking here after reviewing the Passing Out Parade of the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA), premier training institute of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
Asked about the Rs 500 crore package for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, he said, “This (package) was already announced and we are working on that…But I cannot spell out any policy about Kashmir now, because these are under the consideration of our ministry.”
In this year’s Union budget, the Centre had announced Rs 500 crore package for displaced Kashmiri Pandits living in various parts of the country and for rebuilding their lives.
Reacting to a query on separatists in the Valley giving a call for shutdown against the Kashmiri Pandits’ pilgrimage (yatra) to Kousar Nag—a virgin glacial spring in Pirpanjal mountain range in South Kashmir—the minister said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs is examining the whole thing.”
“The CM (Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah) came and expressed his views. So, we will take into account all the aspects in national interest. We are not bound by opinion of one party…Everything has to be in the national interest,” he said.

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