Phone lines to be restored over weekend, schools to open from Monday
Since August 5, 2019, the entire Valley has been witnessing unprecedented shutdown and communication blockade ahead of the Abrogation of Article 370 by the Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre. The announcement to lift restrictions was made by the Chief Secretary in Srinagar within hours after the Union Government told the Supreme Court that they are ready to ease certain restrictions in the wake of improvement in the situation on ground zero.
Listing out the measures, the Chief Secretary told reporters, “Schools will be opened after the weekend.” He said currently 12 of the 22 districts of the State are functioning normally with some limited night-time restrictions in five of these.
“Keeping in view the evolving situation, as well as the cooperation of the people in maintaining peace, we are now taking measures to ease the restrictions in a gradual manner. After Friday prayers, there would be an easing of restrictions in the next few days in an orderly way,” he said.
Defending the actions of the Government, the Chief Secretary claimed the measures put in place have ensured that there has been not a single loss of life or serious injuries to anyone during the course of maintaining peace and order.
“We have prevented any loss of human life despite concerted efforts by terrorist organisations, radical groups and Pakistan to destabilise the situation,” he said.
Referring to the resumption of public transport facilities in the Valley, the Chief Secretary said, “As movement restrictions are removed, public transport will start moving in these areas. Government offices have been made fully functional from today. 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”.
He said the intent of terrorist attacks was to create an atmosphere of fear and terror and to block development that could unleash opportunities for the younger generation of the population. Among the groups that are well-known for sponsoring violence and carrying out such attacks are Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen, etc.
When asked whether local politicians in preventive custody too would be released soon, the Chief Secretary said, “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.”
Saturday, 17 August 2019 | Mohit Kandhari | Jammu
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