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New Delhi, Feb 20: The second batch of about 40 Union ministers is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir in April to get first-hand information about various development schemes initiated thereby both the central government and the Union Territory administration, officials said on Thursday.

The Prime
Minister”s Office (PMO) will decide the composition of the ministerial
delegation that will undertake the follow up of the first visit of 37 Union
ministers, who had toured Jammu and Kashmir last month.

“A second
batch of about 40 Union ministers may undertake a visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
Dates and composition of the team have not been fixed yet but it will be done
soon after the Budget session of Parliament,” a government official said.


After the recess,
the second part of the budget session will begin on March 2 and it will end on
April 3.

The PMO will
finalise the list of the ministers and each minister will be assigned a
particular district and focus will be on the Kashmir Valley, the official said.

Some of the
ministers of the first batch may also be part of the second batch, he said.

The ministers
will assess the development initiatives undertaken by the central government as
well as the UT administration on the ground and they will not talk about
political issues, the official said.

By interacting
with the locals, they will try to get first-hand information about the roads,
healthcare facilities, power situation, functioning of academic institutions
etc. in the UT, he added.

As many as 37
central ministers had visited Jammu and Kashmir last month following a directive
of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted an honest assessment of the various
welfare schemes being implemented there.

Among those who
had visited Jammu and Kashmir were Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sports
Minister Kiren Rijiju, ministers of state for home G Kishan Reddy and Nityanand

The Union
ministers have already submitted their feedback to the PMO on the
implementation of various development schemes there.

There were two
sets of feedback — one on the initiatives taken by the UT administration and
the other on the Centre”s initiatives — another official said.

Most of the
central ministers stayed overnight at their respective places of visit such as
Baramulla, Ganderbal, Doda, besides others.

In August last
year, the Centre abrogated Article 370 provisions of the Constitution, which
gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and
bifurcated it into UTs — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Since then, the
Centre has been closely monitoring the on the ground implementation of various
development programmes there.

Jammu and Kashmir
is currently under the President”s rule.

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