Essential supplies, including 24×7 electricity, water supply, healthcare and sanitation are being ensured. Damages to electricity lines due to very heavy snowfall were immediately rectified and electricity supply restored.
Enough stock of all essential items, food items and baby foods are available in Jammu & Kashmir and is routinely replenished. There is no shortage of cooking gas. Stocks for 3 weeks are made available. As in the past, more than 200 winter stock centres have been established and stocked with essential items.
Hospitals and medical facilities are functioning normally. There is no shortage of medicines. Wholesale and retail pharmacy are open and fully stocked. 6 weeks reserve of all medicines available in all Government hospitals. No case of over-pricing of medicines.
All health care facilities are operating and health care professionals are on duty. 1437 hospitals and health centres are fully functional in Jammu. In Kashmir, 10 district hospitals, 33 sub-district hospitals, 222 primary health centres, 604 health sub-centres and 158 new type Primary Health Centres are open and providing health service to the population. To further enhance healthcare, recruitment of 800 additional doctors has been approved.
Government Medical College (GMC) in Kathua was inaugurated on 14.09.2019. On the same day, construction work began for an additional 200-bed hospital for GMC Kathua. Government has announced a new medical college in Leh. Administration in Budgam released USD 15,000 on 25.09.2019 for improvement of health infrastructure at district hospital Budgam.
No movement restriction in Jammu & Kashmir. Air service to Srinagar and Jammu operational. Rail service is also operational throughout Jammu & Kashmir. Vehicular movement in Jammu & Kashmir is normal. Private taxis, public transport are plying normally. Public transport including buses, mini-buses are functional on all routes. Government offices and courts are fully functional. Sine 5 August, over 36,000 cases have been filed and over 52,000 cases disposed off by the courts.
After a review of the situation on 07.10.2019, Home Department’s advisory against tourists visiting Jammu & Kashmir has been lifted. 34,10,219 tourists, including 12,934 foreign tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir in the last 6 months.
All schools in Kashmir (around 8000) and in Jammu (more than 15,000 schools) are open and functioning normally. Colleges are also open. Medical and Dental colleges are functioning smoothly and students are appearing in examinations without any inconvenience. During ongoing examinations, 99.7% students attended schools.
A meeting to identify land for 16 new Degree Colleges in Kashmir was held on 25.09.2019. In addition, four professional colleges and one Administrative College were approved. Construction of new medical college in Anantnag is progressing well. District Administration of Srinagar announced on 20.09.2019modernization of 25 government schools.
Landline telephone communication has been restored and are fully functional. All telephone exchanges are operational. Mobile connectivity has been restored in all districts. Broadband internet services on landline phones have been fully restored in Jammu. 280 Internet kiosks (e-terminals for internet) have been established in all 10 districts in Kashmir. In addition, 64 pecial internet counters have been established in prominent hotels in Kashmir to cater to the needs of tourists.
No restriction on media / journalists in Jammu & Kashmir. All Mainstream Newspapers are being printed. 37 English dailies, 53 Urdu dailies and 2 Kashmiri dailies are published in Kashmir. All major national and regional newspapers published in Jammu. Satellite channels and Cable TV networks are operational.
No restriction during Friday prayers. Eid Milad-un Nabi was celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir with usual splendour. Thousands offered prayers at Dargah Hazratbal.
Economic activity is being given a boost. Apples contribute approximately USD 1.2 billion to Jammu & Kashmir economy. 700,000 farmers in J&K grow 2.2 million metric ton of apples. This being the harvest season, harvest of apple & other fruits and their transportation to market is facilitated. With this facilitation, over 1.2 million metric tons of apples have been already exported out of Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmiri saffron got Geographic Indication (GI) registration on 25.09.2019
Government launched a ‘Special Market Intervention Price Scheme’ for price support to apple farmers under which, government has procured 8960 metric tons of apple directly from apple farmers valued at USD 5.1 Million. Of this, payment of more than USD 4 Million have already been directly made to the farmers. On 08 October 2019, Government increased the support price for apples to be given to farmers. Special effort is also on for boosting production of Almond and Walnut production in Jammu & Kashmir. Action Plan for promoting saffron cultivation, storage and processing at a cost of USD 12 million was approved on 28 September 2018 under National Saffron Mission.
To provide employment to the youth, government has identified 50,000 job vacancies, which will be filled in the next few months, thus generating employment for the youth in Jammu & Kashmir. District police in Baramulla, Awantipora and Srinagar has started recruitment of youth for Special Police Officers posts in the respective districts. Lt Governor of J&K informed that the government is working on giving jobs to 30,000-40,000 youth in police and other forces / in various government departments. Border Security Force and Central Industrial security Force (CISF) have begun a recruitment drive for youth in Jammu & Kashmir and over 50,000 have applied for these the posts.
PM has, in his Address to the Nation, (8 August) conveyed that the people would have the opportunity to elect their representatives as soon as the situation returns to normalcy. The Governor of J&K said (28 August) that restoration of normalcy and deepening of democracy remained the government’s priority.
As a first step, elections to second tier of Local Government i.e 310 Block Development Councils (BDC) were held on 24 October 2019. Over 98% polling was recorded in the indirect elections. A total of 307 of BDCs have been elected. Last year, elections to the first tier of local bodies i.e, panchayats were held in which 3847 sarpanches and 27223 panches were elected with a voter turnout of 73%
Permission has been granted for leaders from National Conference (NC) including the party’s Jammu head and 14 others to meet National Conference Chief Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. They met him on 06 October 2019. Permission has also been given for a delegation from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to visit PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti.
A number of cultural, sporting activities continue to be organized in Jammu & Kashmir.
The Supreme Court of India has observed that Government needs to be given more time in its sincere efforts to bring normalcy in the situation. It has constituted a 5 member constitutional bench to hear petitions challenging Parliament decision regarding Article 370.
There has been no incident of major violence. Not even a single live bullet has been fired. There has been no loss of life in police action.
However, terrorists and their proxies are trying to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in Kashmir, to disrupt normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir. These include hundreds of posters threatening the shopkeepers, fruit growers, government officials, and transporters at several locations across Kashmir valley. Dozens of shops and vending carts have been set ablaze to stop business activities. Over 50 civilians have been injured in various terror attacks, with the most recent one involving a grenade attack in the main market area in Srinagar. With the objective of preventing sale of apple, terrorists have so far killed 3 truck drivers in Shopian, one labourer in Pulwama, and five labourers in Kulgam. Terrorists are also preventing the normal functioning of schools as they have started attacking schools since the announcement of the conduct of examination for students. This includes setting a school in Kulgam village on fire, hurling a petrol bomb towards Model Public High School in Baramulla, and firing at Drubgam Higher Secondary School while class 10 exams were underway.