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J&K gears up for 73rd Independence Day celebrations

Prime News, National, Srinagar, August 14:- In Jammu and Kashmir, situation is showing significant improvement with restrictions having been completely lifted in Jammu division even as some curbs continue at some places in Kashmir Valley. This was stated by J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal while addressing a press conference in Srinagar today.

Kansal said that the stage is all set for the celebration of Independence Day celebrations across the state. J&K Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Muneer Khan who was also present on the occasion said that schools and other establishments are functioning normally in Jammu division after the lifting of restrictions.

He said that restrictions at certain places are in place in Kashmir but made it clear that restrictions are not imposed in a generalised manner. Khan said that at present the main focus of the government is to ensure smooth and peaceful celebrations of Independence Day across the state.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has asked all the deputy commissioners to direct sarpanches to hoist the national flag in their respective panchayats on Independence Day. Officials said, the Governor was apprised of the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day that has been done in every district of the state and that necessary arrangements have been put in place for smooth conduct of the Independence Day celebrations. In a meeting held at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday evening, Malik reviewed the situation regarding security, law and order and basic and essential services in the state. Advisors to the Governor K Vijay Kumar, K K Sharma, K Skandan, Farooq Khan and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam participated in the meeting.

The Governor was also informed that availability of medical facilities are being ensured, healthcare services are being provided to the people without any hindrance. 13,500 patients have been given treatment in OPDs, 1,400 new admissions have been done, and 600 medical procedures performed.

State government spokesperson Kansal said there is no report of any significant incident during the last 24 hours. He said local authorities are closely monitoring the situation and restrictions are being eased in many areas on the basis of their assessment. Kansal said that there is no dearth of facilities at hospitals and that other public utilities, including national highways, airports, power, water are functioning normally. He said, every possible effort is being made to ease the restrictions in the Valley. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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