Signifying the importance given to Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday chose the state for his maiden visit after assuming office and reviewed the security situation.
Breaking away from protocol, Governor Satya Pal Malik, accompanied by his advisors and some top officials of the state administration, received Shah at the airport, officials said.
Governors in the past have normally only received the prime minister while visiting the state.
Immediately after his arrival here, the Home minister, who is on a two-day visit, chaired a high-level meeting of civil administration officials and top bosses of various security agencies in the state, the officials said. Malik, his advisor incharge Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, state Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, DGP Dilbagh Singh and divisional commissioners from the Valley and Jammu were present in the meeting, they said.
The Home minister is slated to visit the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, they said.
He is also scheduled to meet the families of policemen killed in militant attacks in the state.