J&K govt. to lift advisory issued for tourists from October 10

J&K govt. to lift advisory issued for tourists from October 10

On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, evoking sharp response from Pakistan.

The J&K government on Monday, October 7, 2019, lifted the travel advisory issued for tourists visiting Kashmir, 68 days after all visitors were asked to leave the the Valley immediately. "This will be done with effect from October 10", said an official spokesman in a statement.

"I hope India will live up to its democratic principles by allowing freedom of press, information, and political participation", said the top Democratic Senator from Virginia, who has joined his other Senate colleagues from the Democratic party in calling India to lift restrictions. "For the past six weeks, all the security restrictions were removed in most parts of J&K, the governor has been focusing on bringing life back to normal", the administration said after the meeting, which was also attended by the chief secretary. On Monday, Governor Malik was also informed that there is "active interest in the BDC elections and most of the seats of Chairpersons of BDCs would be filled".

The spokesman said all assistant returning officers and assistant electoral registration officer (AEROs) have been provided mobile phone facility to ensure smooth conduct of elections.

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Governor Malik took the decision to lift the ban at a meeting held to review the security situation in Kashmir. "But today, we are compelled to take a decision to boycott BDC polls due to indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of senior party leaders in the valley", state Congress president G A Mir told reporters here.

The Congress on Wednesday announced that it will boycott the Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir because of the "indifferent attitude" of the state administration, PTI reported.

The Governor was also briefed about the progress in apple procurement which has crossed 850 tonnes and worth Rs 3.25 crores.

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