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Threat of cross-border terrorism continues to exist, security forces remain on high alert: Jammu and Kashmir principal secretary

Indian security personnel stand guard along a deserted street during restrictions in Jammu&Kashmir. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 24, 2019, 08.16 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Jammu and Kashmir principal secretary, Rohit Kansal on Saturday briefed media on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, stating that day-time restrictions have been lifted from 69 police stations across the Kashmir valley. 

"In Jammu division, the corresponding figure is 81 police stations without any day-time restrictions," Kansal said. 

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He said that there has been a steady decline in incidents from August 17 but the threat of cross-border terrorism continues to exist.

"Relevant security forces are maintaining a state of high alert," he added. 

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Kansal also informed that as many as 1500 primary and 1,000 middle schools were opened but attendance continues to be very thin. 

Speaking about the restoration of landline phones in the region, Kansal said, "There have been both demand and complaint regarding the pace at which landlines have been restored. This is continuously being reviewed with the relevant telephone authorities, who have informed us that one of the reasons for the slow pace is the manual intervention required at some exchanges. Be that as it may, we are now being informed that eight new exchanges comprising 5,300 phones are likely to be restored over the weekend."

"There has been an important decision taken regarding holding elections to the Block Development Councils, as the next step towards operationalising and institutionalizing Panchayati Raj mechanism in the state."Regarding this, Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development Department Secretary, said "Elections would be held to 316 Block Development Councils across Jammu and Kashmir. The preparations are underway for the same. The first step is to conduct reservation exercise in the valley and it is in the last stage in Jammu. By the end of September, we should be able to complete the exercise." 

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Kansal informed that as many as 1500 primary and 1,000 middle schools have opened but attendance continues to be very thin.