New Delhi/Srinagar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to announce a package for border districts of Jammu and Kashmir when he travels there on Tuesday along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on a two-day visit.

The package will be for development and reconstruction of the border areas, sources said.

Singh and Gandhi will also launch train service on a railway section between Qazigund in Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region that will provide an all-weather link to the Valley which often gets cut off from rest of the country in the winter season due to heavy snowfall.

During his stay in Srinagar, Singh will also take stock of the implementation of the Rs 37,000-crore reconstruction package for the state he had initiated in 2004 under the Prime Minister's Reconstruction Plan.

The Plan involves 67 projects and schemes covering 11 sectors of the economy including expansion of infrastructure and basic services and employment generation.

Ahead of the visit, Singh reviewed implementation of the Plan at a meeting where it was noted that 34 projects and schemes have been completed and work in 28 is in progress, the sources said.

PM to release stamp on Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor

Manmohan Singh will also release a postage stamp on renowned Kashmiri poet Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor on Tuesday. "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will release a postage stamp on Mehjoor at SKICC Srinagar on June 25 in presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi," a spokesperson said.

John Samuel, Chief Post Master General Jammu and Kashmir, said the Department of Posts is bringing out the stamp on Mehjoor, a poet of great excellence and doyen of secularism.

This is the second occasion that a postage stamp on Kashmir is being released here. In 2006, the then President APJ Abdul Kalam released a postage stamp on J&K High Court on its 150th anniversary at the same venue.

Samuel said the stamp is of Rs 5 denomination, and will be available at Srinagar GPO. First Day Cover and information brochure will also be released on the occasion.


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