PMO reviews preparations for G20 meeting in Srinagar later in May

With the G20 Tourism Working Group’s meeting which is scheduled to take place in Srinagar, less than two weeks away, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Tuesday is learnt to have held a high level meeting to review the preparations for it. Highly-placed sources said that though the meeting took stock of several deliberations taking place across the country under India’s G20 presidency, its main focus was learnt to be on the forthcoming meeting in Srinagar, especially in the light of Pakistan’s objections to India holding G20 deliberations in Jammu and Kashmir. According to sources, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, P.K. Mishra chaired the review meeting, where senior officials from around 12 key ministries were present. Joint secretary level officials from some important ministries like Finance, Commerce, Environment, and Tourism among others were present in the meeting, sources said, adding that Mishra was briefed about the preparations being made for the forthcoming meeting in Srinagar. The Prime Minister, who has been busy with campaigning for Karnataka Assembly elections for the past one week, is likely to be briefed about the preparations underway for the Srinagar meeting, sources informed.