J&K govt to resume functioning, employees to return to offices in Kashmir valley

TSL News Report

Srinagar, Aug 15: Governor Satya Pal Malik today reviewed the conduct of Independence Day celebrations and security scenario with the Advisors and Chief Secretary here at the Raj Bhavan this evening.

Governor was informed that Independence Day celebrations were conducted across Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with joy, fervour and enthusiasm. Functions were held in the two capitals of Jammu and Srinagar, all the districts and sub-divisions.

There were no untoward incidents anywhere. Strong security arrangements were in place which thwarted any attempts to disturb the celebrations. Governor reviewed the conclusion of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra. The Chadi was taken yesterday to the Holy Cave by a helicopter and Puja was done at the holy shrine today. After the puja, the Yatra was formally closed and the Chadi was brought back by helicopter to Srinagar.

The Yatra this year had no incident whatsoever and even in a shortened span of 30 days, over 3 lakh Yatris had darshan of the Holy Lingam. This was higher than the figures in the last three years when it was open for a much longer duration.

Keeping in view the developments on the security front, Governor directed that normal functioning of the Secretariat and government offices should be resumed from tomorrow. Arrangements should be made to facilitate movement of government employees to work. After the Friday prayers (namaaz), based on the developments during the day, relaxations could be considered subsequently. Governor thanked the people for being cooperative during the period of restrictions and assured them that these would be reduced gradually.