SRINAGAR: Stating that the security situation has improved in Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of Home Affairs Wednesday informed that between 2018-21 only 1,119 militancy-related incidents while 360 estimated infiltrations incidents have taken place in the region.
The Home Ministry was replying to the queries raised in parliament Wednesday including that the government announced at the time of the enactment of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 downgrading the erstwhile state into two Union Territories and imposing President’s rule that it would facilitate normally.
Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Nityanand Rai responded to the queries and stated that the militancy-related incidents have declined in the region.
In a written reply to the parliament, the Union Minister said that the government has instituted a robust security and intelligence grid along with proactive operations against militants.
“Therefore, the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved significantly since August 2019 and there has been a significant decline in militant incidents and infiltration of militants from across the border has also come down significantly,” the Minister said.
Rai informed the Parliament that a total of 1,119 militancy-related incidents have surfaced in the region from 2018 to November this year which includes 417 in 2018 followed by 255, 244, and 203 in subsequent years up to 2021.
The Minister also informed the House that a total of 360 estimated net infiltrations have taken place up to October this year from 2018 which include 143 in 2018 followed by 138, 51, and 28 this year in the subsequent years.
He said that elections to the Block development Councils (BDC) and District Development Councils (DDCs) in Kashmir were conducted peacefully and successfully in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
“There was an enthusiastic participation of the people, with a turnout of 98.29 percent in BDC elections and 51.42 percent in DDC elections,” the Union Minister informed the Parliament. Regarding Kashmiri Pandit’s, the Minister said that there is no requirement for any Kashmiri Pandit to apply anywhere for settling in the valley.
“However, 1678 government employees appointed under Prime Minister’s Development Package, 2015 have joined their duties in the Kashmir valley,” the Minister informed the Parliament—(KNO)