New Delhi/Jammu: Prime Minister Manomhan Singh is likely to visit Srinagar in the last week of June, sources said.

A special team from Prime Minister Office (PMO) will be visiting the state soon to review the preparations ahead of his visit.

Last month, state Congress president Saifuddin Soz had met the Prime Minister in New Delhi. According to Soz, Singh will be visiting the state on June 25 and 26.

It is also expected that Singh will be releasing a commemorative stamp on shair-e- Kashmir (Poet of Kashmir) Gulam Ahmad Mehjoor during his visit.

Gujjar outfit to observe hunger strike ahead of PM visit

A Gujjar outfit on Thursday threatened to observer hunger strike ahead of Prime Minister's proposed visit to the state on June 25 against Centre's "poor response" to the burning issues of Gujjars and Bakkerwals.

"Bhartiya Gujjaar Mahasabha will observe a 24 hour hunger strike from June 17 at Rajouri," its chief Eshfaq-Ur-Rehman Poswal said.

The Mahasabha activists had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister last month seeking fulfillment of their demands of political reservation, increase the funds under tribal sub-plan, quota for professional education and jobs in the state.

"All the successive governments and political parties have used the STs as mere vote bank for their political interests", he said, adding that they pinned hope on the Centre as they have lost all faith in the state government.


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