Srinagar: All government employees in Jammu and Kashmir working at divisional level, district level and those serving in the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar were ordered to report back to their duties with immediate effect on Thursday. Also, all the educational institutions including government and private schools will re-open from August 9 to function as usual.
In an apparent bid to alleviate the ongoing tensions in the Valley and bring back normalcy, the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir issued an order directing all the government employees to return back to their duties with immediate effect.
The government order also stressed on the fact that necessary arrangements regarding the smooth and secure working environment for the employees have been ensured by the state administration.
According to an order issued by the district administration of Samba, all the educational institutions were ordered to be re-opened from tomorrow, Friday.
It should be noted that Srinagar administration has set up two helplines 9419028242 and 9419028251 for people outside the state to dial to reach out to their families in Kashmir.
According to reports, around 70 terrorists and hardcore pro-Pakistan separatists from Kashmir Valley have been shifted to Agra. The terrorists and separatists were shifted in a special plane provided by the Indian Air Force on Thursday evening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been scheduled to address the nation later in the day at 8 pm and it is being speculated that he will discuss the recent developments that have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in the past week.
Earlier in the day, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat briefed Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on developments in Jammu and Kashmir and on Indo-Pak border. According to his inputs, the overall situation is under control and armed forces are in a state of high alert and closely monitoring the situation.
Jammu and Kashmir has been tense ever since the central government announced abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which granted special status to the state. Moreover, it was also announced that the mountain state will be bifurcated into two Union Territories – UT of Ladakh and UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
Before the announcement, the entire state was locked down with Section 144 imposed in various regions. Reportedly, nearly 40,000 security personnel were deployed all across Jammu and Kashmir in order to contain any potential mishap and maintain law and order there.