"I discussed wide-ranging issues with the Home Minister including the policy on return of Kashmiri Pandits, law and order situation, ceasefire violations and AFSPA," Omar said.

The package for enhancement of monetary assistance was sent by the state government in 2012 but nothing was done about it.

"I am glad that the present government is actively considering the proposal with some modifications. We are supportive of this measure,” he said.

Emerging after a 20-minute-long meeting with the Prime Minister, Omar said, “It was a courtesy call during which I briefed him about various issues.”

Omar later tweeted that he discussed the situation in the state including tourism, economy, electricity and employment avenues as well as the security situation and the assessment for the next few months including preparations for Amarnath yatra.

This was Omar’s first meeting with the central leadership during which the issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley was also discussed.

The forthcoming Amarnath Yatra also figured prominently during the meeting and Omar briefed the Home Minister about the arrangements made for smooth conduct of the pilgrimage, which will commence later this month.

The Centre has been actively considering the state's proposal for return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley in which Omar Abdullah-led government had proposed increasing the amount for construction or repair work in their houses to Rs 20 lakh from the existing Rs 7.5 lakh per family.

This proposal was sent to the previous UPA government but no decision was taken.


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