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NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday claimed that the number of terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir has reduced drastically in the last two years. It also said that necessary steps have been taken to protect the life and property of the people.
These include proactive operations against terrorists, identification and arrest of overground workers and supporters of terrorism, action against members of banned organizations, intensified night patrolling checking at Nakas, security arrangements through appropriate deployment, coordination meetings amongst intelligence agencies and maintaining a high level of alertness.
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Terrorist incidents reduced by 32% upto June 2021
The number of terrorist incidents in the valley has reduced during 2021 by 32 percent in comparison with the corresponding period up to June, 2020, said Union minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai while responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
He further informed that these incidents witnessed a reduction of 59 percent in 2020 in comparison with 2019.
“The number of terrorist incidents have reduced during 2020 by 59 per cent as compared to 2019 and 32 per cent upto June 2021 in comparison with Corresponding period upto June, 2020,” he said.
Zero tolerance policy towards terrorism
The Government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and has taken various measures, such as strengthening of security apparatus, strict enforcement of the law against anti-national elements, intensified cordon and search operations to effectively deal with the challenges posed by the terrorist organisations, the minister said.
Security forces also keep a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them.
16 security personnel killed during counter-terror operations
Sixteen security forces personnel made the supreme sacrifice during counter-terrorist operations on the India-Pakistan border between January to June this year, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said on Wednesday.
“The details of soldiers (including Central Armed Police Force personnel) martyred due to counter terrorist operations during last three years are as under: 80 in 2019; 62 in 2020; 16 in 2021 (upto June),” he said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Law and order situation in J&K
In a written reply to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Sasmit Patra’s question on the details of law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the steps taken to improve it, Rai said, “Shops and business establishments, public transport, government offices, educational and health institutions, etc. are functioning normally in the union territory.”
Kashmiri Pandits feeling more secure of late: Govt
Kashmiri Pandits have felt more secure in the recent past and 3,841 Kashmiri migrant youth having moved back to Kashmir, the home ministry told Rajya Sabha, noting that they have taken up jobs in various districts of Kashmir under the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation package.
Rai said in a written reply that as per the report of Relief Office setup in 1990 by the Jammu and Kashmir government, a total of 44,167 Kashmiri migrant families are registered who had to move from the valley since 1990 due to security concerns.
“Out of these, the count of registered Hindu Migrant families is 39,782,” the minister said.
“Kashmiri Pandits have felt more secure in the recent past as evident from the fact that 3,841 Kashmiri Migrants youth have moved back to Kashmir and have taken up jobs in various districts of Kashmir under the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation package,” he said.
Jobs in the valley
The government said another 1,997 candidates have been selected for jobs under the rehabilitation package in April 2021, and they will be moving to Kashmir soon.
26,684 Kashmiri migrant youth showed interest in going back to the valley by applying for 1997 posts, which were advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir’s recruitment Board in December 2020, the minister said.
Statehood to J&K to be granted at appropriate time: Govt
Statehood to Jammu and Kashmir would be granted at an appropriate time after normalcy is restored there, the government informed Parliament.
Rai told the Rajya Sabha, in a written reply, that in view of the constitutional changes and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of the Jammu and Kashmir into Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, temporary restrictions on various communication channels like the internet and mobile services were resorted in the national interest and also in the interest of security.
The matter was reviewed from time to time and restrictions imposed were gradually eased out in a phased manner and 4G internet data services were restored in the entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with effect from February 5.
(With inputs from agencies)

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