Ahead of Eid, 300 special telephone booths to be set up in J&K to help locals communicate

As the communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir continued for the seventh consecutive day, the J&K Civil Administration on Sunday said that 300 special telephone booths were being set up to help public communicate with relatives.

Ahead of the festival of Eid on Monday, curfew imposed in the region had been relaxed at several places in the region even though strict blackout was maintained on communication lines.

The civil administration said that officers have been activated through Resident Commissioner in New Delhi in various places including Aligarh to help students from Jammu and Kashmir get in touch with their families on the occasion of Eid.

It also informed that the government had made sufficient stocking of essential items in view of the curfew imposed in the region.

“Wheat has been stocked to suffice for 65 days, rice for 55 days, mutton for 17 days, poultry for 1 month, kerosene oil for 35 days, LPG for 1 month, High-Speed Diesel (HSD) and petrol for 28 days,” a statement by the civil administration said.

It added that 3557 Ration Ghats, out of a total of 3697 Ration Ghats in Kashmir Division, have been made operational in order to provide ration to the citizens. “The delivery of vegetables/LPG/Poultry/eggs have been ensured at the doorsteps through mobile vans,” it added.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under curfew since the last one week after the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and to divide the state into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Earlier today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated that the scrapping of Article 370 would end terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and pave a new path of development for the Valley. Addressing a gathering at a book launch in Chennai, the home minister said, “As a legislator, I firmly believe that Article 370 should have been removed a long time ago. As a home minister, there was no confusion in my mind about the consequences of removing Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.”

Notably, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday came out in support of Narendra Modi government’s move on J&K and congratulated Home Minister Shah for handling the situation in J&K “phenomenally”.

Significantly, in a televised address to the nation on Thursday, PM Modi had said that the new Union Territory status of Jammu and Kashmir was only “temporary” and that it could be reverted to a full state when situation normalizes in the Valley.