Easing telecom restrictions, reopening schools; Jammu and Kashmir all set to witness dawn of unified India

Days after the historic move taken towards abrogation of Article 370, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been carefully looked upon. Citing a major development in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Friday addressed a press conference and announced that the schools and colleges in the Union Territory will be opened from Monday and the situation will be eased gradually over the period of time in a few days.

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During the press briefing, the J&K Chief Secretary also said that the movement of public transport will also be initiated area-wise gradually, while the government offices have been made fully-functional from Friday itself. Telecom connectivity will also be restored in a phased, he confirmed. Adding further he said that the flights will function normally from Monday and preventive detentions are being reviewed and appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessment.

In a few days, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become absolutely normal. The roads are at present are full of regular traffic. 12 out of 22 districts are functioning normally with some limited restrictions in 5 districts. The measures put in place has ensured that there has not been a single loss of life.

The J&K Chief Secretary has been working closely with NSA Ajit Doval on the ground level overlooking the situation in the Union Territory. He is also coordination with the Prime Minister’s office in the matter.

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Making the announcement, BVR Subrahmanyam stated that the few preventive detentions of individuals were made in the matter in accordance with the provisions of law to maintain law and order to promote peace. He asserted that the government’s approach in J&K was ‘guided by the conviction that all-round development was the most credible solution to address separatist sentiments that were propagated by vested interest.’

He also named certain terror organisations, including those recognised by the UN, which posed as a matter of concern with the developments in J&K. ‘The intent of the terrorist attacks was to create an atmosphere of fear and terror and to block development that could unleash opportunities for the younger generation of people in the state,” he said naming Lashkar-e-Taiba, JeM and Hizbul among the terror organisations.

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Clarifying on the need to put restrictions on the lives of Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Secretary said that the history of cross-border terrorism required the government to put in place certain preventive steps as a precautionary measure. Naming the restrictions imposed by the government, he said that an important factor in doing so were credible inputs that such terror organisations were planning to undertake strikes in the state in the immediate future.


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