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The deployment of outstation forces personnel in Jammu and Kashmir is turning out to be a burden on the state exchequer, with Punjab government seeking Rs 80 crore from the state government for utilizing service of its police from 2009 to 2013. This comes at a time when the Union Home Ministry is seeking deployment charges of Rs 1,500 crore from the J&K Government for utilizing services of paramilitary forces in the State.

The Punjab government has, in a letter dated January 2, 2017, stated that Punjab police forces were deployed “for law and order duty” in the State between 2009 to 2013.

“The reimbursement claim for the deployment of the above force is required to be made by the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The office of Director General of Police Punjab has already taken up this matter with the Director General of Police J&K, for reimbursement of the outstanding claim of Rs 80,02,75,006, duly audited by the Principal Accountant General (Punjab),” reads  the letter from Punjab’s Finance Minister to his J&K counterpart, Dr Haseeb Drabu. “I shall be grateful if you could kindly intervene and 

expedite the reimbursement of the above state claims of the Punjab Government.”

When contacted, Drabu said he would look into the matter. “I don’t have ready information about the matter,” he said.

Director General of Police, S P Vaid said J&K has made a request to the MHA to exempt the charges. “We have utilized services of Punjab police in the past,” he said.

As already reported by this newspaper, the MHA is also seeking Rs 15,00 crore from the J&K Government on account of deployment of paramilitary forces in the State.

After March 2009, the MHA is charging J&K 10 percent of the deployment cost of paramilitary forces stationed in the State. Before 2009, the MHA waived off these charges.