Home Minister Amit Shah met a delegation from the Panchayat Association of Jammu and Kashmir today in the capital to discuss the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370. Anil Sharma, the president of the organisation spoke to the media before the meeting and said the agenda for the body was to discuss the measures taken by the central government post abrogation and panchayat empowerment.
The delegation also sought to hold talks with the Home Ministry on the restoration of normalcy in the Valley. Amit Shah during the meeting assured them that the restrictions on communication, internet and mobile signals will be lifted in the next 15 days. Further, he said that the central government is ascertaining whether landlines across the valley can be restored. The Home Minister also promised an insurance amount of Rs.2 lakhs for all the Sarpanchs and panchs of the valley. The representatives consisted of twenty-two heads (Sarpanch) from the state who had contested elections earlier this year despite terrorist threats.
This the first delegation from the valley to meet the Home Minister since the abrogation of Article 370 which granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir following which the state is going to be bifurcated into two union territories.