Governor expresses concern over deteriorating situation in Valley

While expressing concerns over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Governor-NN Vohra today discussed the prevailing conditions with chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Northern Army Commander (NAC) Lt General D S Hooda. He also expressed concerns over the irreparable damage suffered by students at all levels.
In an hour long meeting at the Raj Bhavan here today, Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti discussed various important matters relating to the urgent restoration of peace and normalcy in the State.
They also discussed issues relating to the Union Home Minister led All Party Delegation’s visit to the State on 4-5 September, 2016.
Reiterating his appeal to people to maintain calm and contribute towards restoration of peace, Northern Army Commander (NAC) Lt General D S Hooda discussed prevailing unrest in the Kashmir valley and situation on the Line of Control (LoC) with Governor N N Vohra.
The present unrest since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag, has claimed 71 lives and more than 6000 others were injured in security force firing. The NAC had earlier also appealed to people for peace and calm besides urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with protests in the valley.
Lt Gen Hooda today called upon the Governor Vohra during his day long visit to the Valley and discussed the prevailing situation. The Governor was apprised of the measures taken by the Army along the LoC and hinterland to ensure security as also to restore normalcy. Earlier in the day, the Army Commander, accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen Satish Dua, also visited Khanabal and Haiderbeg where he interacted with the officers and men nd took first hand account of the ground situation. During his interaction, while he stressed on the continued need for positive engagement with the people to alleviate their hardships and help bring back normalcy at the earliest, he also impressed upon all to re-invigorate the security matrix in conjunction with other government agencies.
The Army commander also reiterated his appeal to the Awaam to maintain calm and contribute towards restoration of peace in the Valley.
Meanwhile, Governor also expressed serious concern over the irreparable damage suffered by students at all levels, particularly school students, because of paralyzing of the entire educational system due to prevailing unrest in the Kashmir that has left 71 civilians dead and over 6000 others injured since July 9. An official spokesperson here this evening said a meeting to discuss the issues involved in making educational institutions, particularly schools, functional in the Kashmir Valley was held under the chairmanship of Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today. The Governor expressed serious concern over the irreparable damage suffered by students at all levels due to the closure of the entire educational system because of prevailing unrest in Kashmir.
Education Minister Naeem Akhtar briefed the Governor about the prevailing functional status of the educational institutions in the Valley. The Vice-Chancellors of different universities also brought out the situation in respect of their Universities and the meeting deliberated the various possible steps which could be taken to make up for the loss in studies. Issues relating to making the educational system functional in the next few days were also discussed.
Akhter accepted the Governor’s suggestion that the Departments of School and Higher Education shall work out a plan of action for every possible step being taken to make up for the loss of working days in the schools and regarding the schedules of the forthcoming examinations at all levels.
The Governor and the Minister also complimented the Vice Chancellors of the Universities for their students and teachers securing prestigious national and international fellowships and expressed satisfaction that the number of such fellowships has been improving from year to year.
The Vice Chancellors also apprised the Governor and the Minister about to-date status of admissions in the present Academic Session. During discussions, the Governor and the Minister stressed the need to critically identify and devote sustained attention towards the planned improvement of the quality of school and higher education to ensure that the entire learning process is made more relevant, interesting and meaningful.

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