September 2019 News

From Restoring Phones Gradually To Rs 270 Cr Projects, Govt To Intensify Kashmir Outreach Plan

4 September 2019
India Today
Jitendra Bahadur Singh

Srinagar: After a month of abrogation of Article 370, the government is all set to intensify its Kashmir outreach plan. According to a senior official in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the law and order scenario is by and large calm barring certain areas of Srinagar city. As per reports, out of total 160-170 law and order situations, around 120 incidents were reported from Srinagar itself. While the local shopkeepers are ready to open shops, local terrorists have been threatening them not to open. Recently, a shopkeeper was shot dead in the outskirts of Sringar while he was closing his shop. Agencies have recently recovered the threatening pamphlet and therefore the government is not in a hurry to withdraw additional troops from the Valley till September. However, they are satisfied that the tensions are less intense as compared to what happened after Burhan Wani was killed in 2016. Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary on Wednesday said, 'Most telephone exchanges to be functional tonight across Valley. Mobiles being restored gradually, already buzzing in Kupwara. Thanks for patience and regrets for inconvenience.' Shahid Choudhary, District Magistrate, Srinagar: Most telephone exchanges to be functional tonight across Valley. Mobiles being restored gradually, already buzzing in Kupwara. Thanks for patience and regrets for inconvenience. *JammuAndKashmir ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2019 The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has also announced six new projects worth Rs 270 crore have been initiated which are aimed at strengthening power infrastructure and improving the power scenario in Srinagar. *JammuAndKashmir Administration: Six new projects worth Rs 270 crore aimed at strengthening of power infrastructure and improving the power scenario have been initiated in Srinagar. ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2019 As, UN general assembly meeting is scheduled for the end of the month, the government is in no mood to reduce the deployment of troops in Kashmir. This comes amid several intel reports claiming that terrorists may plan a fidayeen attack in the Valley. However, the government is planning to restore services like the internet after 15-20 days in a gradual manner. It has been assessed that it would be difficult for the terrorists to infiltrate in winter as it would be difficult to get any logistical support from across the border. Apart from that, many interactive meetings have been planned with the local leadership as part of the government's confidence-building measures. The government has already started a recruitment drive in forces. It has also announced five government jobs from each village in Kashmir. On Wednesday, a full-page advertisement was given on all newspapers in J&K, listing the positive side of abrogating Article 370 in the state.

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