Kashmir, situation normal, home ministry, UNHRC
The Home Ministry said all landlines have been restored and all schools, hospitals functional (image: twitter)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday intimated that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is returning towards normalcy with the lifting of restrictions.

The MHA, providing an update on the J&K situation, said all the landline connections have been restored, while schools and health institutions have become completely functional.

All banks and ATMs have been made functional with reports suggesting Rs 1.08 crore being withdrawn from the J&K bank, the home ministry said.

Further, the update by MHA also apprised about 510,870 Out-Patient Departments (OPD) and conducting of 15,157 surgeries.

Other than that, post-paid services in Kupwara have been restored.

On the availability of basic necessities, the the home ministry said the petroleum and food grains are in adequate stock with over 42,600 trucks bringing supplies since August 6 — after the Centre scrapped the special status of Kashmir.

The J&K situation update comes a day after India at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) said the recent decisions taken by the government in Kashmir are in accordance with the Constitution of India.

The Indian envoy, during the UNHRC, said the government is ensuring basic services, essential supplies, normal functioning of institutions, mobility and nearly full connectivity.

MEA Secretary Vijay Thakur Singh dismissed Pakistan’s contentions on Kashmir as “concocted” and “malicious agenda”, while she asserted:

“Democratic processes have been initiated. Restrictions are being eased continuously. Temporary preventive and precautionary measures were necessitated to ensure safety and security of our citizens in the face of credible threats of cross-border terrorism.”

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