The government offices in Jammu and Kashmir have become fully functional, the chief state secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, said today at a press conference, in which he listed the measures taken by the administration to ease the restrictions imposed after the center the special status of the state will end. He also said that schools will reopen from next week “as for the area” and that telecommunications services will be restored gradually.
“After the prayers of Friday today, there will be a decrease in restrictions in the next few days in an orderly manner. Schools will open after the weekend, in the area, so that children’s studies do not suffer,” he said .
“Government offices have become fully functional since today,” he added.
Mr. Subrahmanyam, in response to a question about the restoration of landlines, said: “Exchange by exchange will turn it on.”
“During the weekend, you will have most of these functional lines.”
Referring to Kashmir leaders placed in preventive custody, he said decisions will be made based on law and order evaluations.
“Preventive detentions are continually reviewed and appropriate decisions will be made based on assessments of law and order,” he said.
Earlier today, Governor Satya Pal Malik ordered the civil secretariat in Srinagar and government offices to resume normal operation as of today, state broadcaster All India Radio said.
The center told the Supreme Court today that the land situation was reviewed daily.
The executive editor of Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin, had sought instructions for the immediate restoration of the lines of communication so that the media could operate freely in the region. He also pressed for the center to relax all restrictions on the movement of mediators in Kashmir and some districts of Jammu.
“I have read in the media report that restrictions on the fixed line and broad line will probably be removed today,” said Indian Supreme Court President Ranjan Gogoi.
The government lawyer, KK Venugopal, said the newspaper was published from Jammu, where the curbs were raised.
The Supreme Court said it will address the issue of media restrictions along with other related matters, without setting a date for the next hearing.
Jammu and Kashmir have been under unprecedented security coverage and prohibitive orders that prohibit large meetings since August 4, a day before the government announces that it has withdrawn a special status for the state and will fork it into two union territories. While police said Wednesday that the curbs in Jammu were completely eliminated, he said restrictions in Kashmir will continue “for some time.”
As part of a complete communications blackout, telephone services and Internet connections remain suspended in the Kashmir valley and there are curfew restrictions.