Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam says that all schools in the Kashmir Valley will reopen on Monday while government offices have started functioning on Friday with high attendance….reports Rafeek Ravuther
Restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir placed after the axing of Article 370 will be lifted in a phased manner from Friday night, Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam said.
All schools in the Kashmir Valley will reopen after the weekend while government offices have started functioning on Friday with high attendance, he told the media.
The officer said telecommunication links will be restored gradually, adding that certain curbs became necessary on August 14 and 15 in view of belligerent statements from “across the border”.
Subrahmanyam also said that the authorities were reviewing preventive detentions in Kashmir, where a large number of political leaders have been taken into custody since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution and the break-up of the state into two Union Territories.
The senior officer underlined that there had been no loss of life in this period unlike earlier times which were marked by street protests and security crackdown leading to many deaths.
Mr Subrahmanyam said the Government appreciates the cooperation of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to help maintaining peace and public order. Its focus is on the earliest return to normalcy while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past.
As things stand, 12 of the 22 districts of the State are functioning normally with some limited night-time restrictions in five of these. The measures put in place have ensured that there has been not a single loss of life or serious injuries to any one during the course of maintaining peace and order.
“We have prevented any loss of human life despite concerted efforts by the terrorist organizations, radical groups and continuing efforts by Pakistan to destabilize the situation,” added Mr Subrahmanyam.
“As movement restrictions are removed area-by-area, public transport will start moving in these areas. Telecom connectivity will be gradually restored in a phased manner, keeping in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organise terror actions. Preventive detentions are being continuously reviewed and appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments. It is expected that over the next few days, as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu & Kashmir will become completely normal. This is already visible on the roads which has seen steady return of regular traffic.”
“Steps were taken that there was no shortage of essential supplies, medical facilities and hospitals continued to function, electricity, water supply and sanitation services are maintained. Pilgrims going on Haj and returning from Haj were specifically facilitated and people associated with all these support services have free movement.
“Periodically, there were relaxations in some of these restrictions to enable people to come out for their daily requirements. A media centre with communication facilities was set up to enable media to cover events in the State with regular Press Briefings by senior government officials. Sufficient number of passes have been issued to media persons to facilitate reporting by them. All major newspapers are being published and Satellite and Cable TV networks are operational.”