Security cover of Hurriyat, separatist leaders: J&K expends Rs 9.47 Cr in 12 yrs
JAMMU, Mar 22: The state has incurred Rs 9.47 Cr on the security cover of the Hurriyat leaders and other separatists in last 12 years and the expenditure has risen ten times since 2001. Going by these figures, the government on an average spent Rs 6.5 lakhs in a year during the period 2001-2012 and over Rs 50,000 per day on their security cover. This information was provided in a written reply to an un-starred question of MLA Langate Abdul Rashid Engineer in the Lower House today. As per the reply provided on behalf of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the amount spent to provide security to separatists has registered a quantum jump from Rs 15,70,750 in 2001 to Rs 1,66,10,251 in 2012 thus registering an increase in the expenditure by ten-times.
While in 2001, the expenditure on security cover was to the tune of Rs 4,303 per day. This rose to over Rs 45,000 in the year 2012.
Rs 9,47,03,700 have been incurred on the account of providing security cover to Hurriyat and separatist leaders in Kashmir valley in last 12 years. Of this, Rs 4,96,61,299 were spent on the salaries of Personal Security Officers (PSOs) and drivers provided for the security of Hurriyat and separatist leaders between 2001-12, he said. Rs 71,10,270.80 were spent on fuel required for government vehicles used in the security of the separatists and Rs 3,79,32,133 were spent on account of salaries of the residential security guards provided to them during the same period, the reply said.