Phone Lines In Kashmir Back Over Weekend, Schools Next Week

Written by priyadarshinee

Published on : August 16, 2019 12:02

The government offices in Jammu and Kashmir have become fully functional, the state’s Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said today in a press conference, listing measures taken by the administration to ease the restrictions imposed after the centre ended special status to the state.

He further said that schools will reopen from next week “area wise” and telecom services will be restored in a phased manner.

“After today’s Friday prayers, there would be an easing of restrictions in the next few days in an orderly manner. Schools will be opened after the weekend, area-wise so that children’s studies do not suffer,” he said.

“Government offices have been made fully functional from today,” he added.

Mr Subrahmanyam, in response to a question on restoring of landline telephones, said: “Exchange by exchange they will be switching it on.”

“Over the weekend, you’ll have most of these lines functional.”

Referring to the Kashmir leaders placed under preventive custody, he said decisions will be taken based on law and order assessments.

“Preventive detentions are being continuously reviewed and appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments,” he said.

Earlier today, Governor Satya Pal Malik directed the civil secretariat in Srinagar and government offices to resume normal functioning from today, state broadcaster All India Radio said.

The centre today told the Supreme Court that the ground situation was being reviewed daily.