Banks, ATMs and markets remained open on Sunday in Kashmir and restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop. A senior government official said, replenishment of cash in ATMs has been ensured on regular basis and people are drawing money from ATMs as and when required. Salaries of all employees and wages of casual labourers too have been released in advance.
People have been allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers during the Eid-ul-Azha today. Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said, restriction have eased and there has been lot of improvement in public and transport movement. All bakery, poultry and mutton shops were kept open yesterday and long queues were seen outside these shops.
Magistrates have been deployed at every critical place to act as facilitators for the convenience of the general public. The administration has issued an advisory saying that 300 special telephone booths have been established to help people communicate with their kin. The authorities have also deployed mobile vans for door to door delivery of vegetables, LPG cylinders, poultry and eggs.
The government has also stocked sufficient amount of various essential items. Wheat has been stocked to suffice for 65 days, rice for 55 days, mutton for 17 days, poultry for one month, kerosene for 35 days, LPG for one month, and diesel and petrol for 28 days.
All health institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary level in Kashmir division are functioning fully with sufficient number of doctors and para-medical staff on duty. Identity cards of medical staffers are being treated as movement passes. All medicines are also available in sufficient quantity in all health institutions.
Flights are operating as per the schedule and air tickets too are being treated as movement passes.
Various municipal corporations and other civic bodies in the valley too have taken additional steps to ensure complete cleanliness and sanitation in their respective areas.
To ensure round the clock power supply and its immediate restoration following faults and breakdowns, sufficient staffers have been deployed in various power utilities. Adequate transmission cables and transformers are there in the stock to meet any contingency.
Similar arrangements have been made to ensure round the clock water supply with deployment of sufficient staffers at pumping stations and water plants.
The government has also deployed liaison officers at various places in the country, including Aligarh and New Delhi, to help students hailing from Kashmir and pursuing their studies outside the Valley, to celebrate Eid and communicate to their family members in the Valley.
Normalcy is fast returning in most of the Jammu region where restrictions under section 144 CrPc have been completely lifted in five districts. In the other five districts, restrictions have been relaxed to facilitate Eid celebrations. Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh visited Kishtwar and reviewed the overall law and order situation.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 will lead to end of terrorism and progress of the region. Speaking at a function in Chennai, Mr Shah said he firmly believed that Article 370 should be removed as it was not beneficial to the country.
Meanwhile, Indian Railways announced the cancellation of Samjhauta Express train days after Pakistan suspended services on its side.