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Security issues likely behind change in 47th GST Council venue from Srinagar to Chandigarh

On Thursday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about the 47th GST Council meeting to be held in Srinagar. 

On Saturday, the GST Council tweeted that the meeting will now be held at Chandigarh instead of Srinagar. 

Security concerns in the wake of recent targetted killings in Kashmir are learnt to have been one of the main concerns for rescheduling the meeting’s venue, which would have seen participation of officials and ministers from 31 states/union territories and the Centre.

Though the official revised meeting notice does not specify any reason for the shift in venue, an official said there were some apprehensions about security for ministers and officials converging in Srinagar for the meeting given the recent spate of targetted killings. Queries sent to the Finance Ministry on this issue by The Sunday Express did not elicit a response.

The Kashmir Valley has witnessed at least 16 targetted killings, including police officials, teachers and sarpanches, since this January. The episodes of.......
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