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Discusses implementation of AoA; seeks restructuring of loans

Srinagar, Feb 27: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today and discussed with him obtaining situation in the State particularly the plight of residents of border villages who have been suffering due to continued cross-LoC shelling.

According to an official press release issued here, the Chief Minister sought immediate construction of more individual and community bunkers besides other relief measures for the victims of border firing in the State.

Mehbooba Mufti also discussed with Rajnath Singh the implementation of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ in the State and the necessary steps to be taken for its expeditious execution, the press release informed.

Later, the Chief Minister met the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this evening and discussed the economic issues confronting the State besides the implementation of Rs One Lakh crore Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).

Mehbooba Mufti sought timely and expeditious release of funds and reimbursement claims under the package. She also made a case for making special funds available to the State government to meet the liabilities of left-out affected persons of 2014 floods, an official press release issued here said.

It said the Chief Minister made a demand for swapping high-interest loans with soft-interest loans to reduce the repaying burden on the State government. She also pitched for taking care of various liabilities on account of power bills through State bonds of Rs 3500 crore.

Mehbooba Mufti apprised the Union Finance Minister about the difficulties being faced by the local traders on account of losses during the unrest of 2016, and sought help for them through interest subvention and re-structuring of their loans.

It may be recalled that the members of the business community here had requested the Chief Minister for the same on number of occasions and the Chief Minister had assured them to take it up with the Centre, the press release said.

It said the Union Finance Minister assured the Chief Minister that the Centre would take all necessary steps to address the issues raised by her.

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