to Lieutenant Governor, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on Wednesday said law and order
situation has shown a considerable improvement in Jammu and Kashmir and the
government is now gradually easing restrictions on the internet.
In his maiden
interview to The Kashmir Monitor after taking over as the advisor to Lieutenant
Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, Bhatnagar said after improvement in the security
situation, the government has now shifted focus on the development of Jammu and
“There is lot of
improvement in situation. Law and order situation in Kashmir is very good.
Progressive steps are being taken. New projects are being taken up and the
languishing ones are too being cleared. Various policy changes have taken place
which will ultimately pave the way for development of union territory,” he
On ban on
internet, Bhatnagar said the restrictions on the high speed internet are being
gradually relaxed after assessing the situation. “You have seen the
announcement has come. Assessments are being made. Action is to be taken after
appropriate assessment by the authorities”, he said.
on Jammu and Kashmir police, he said they are proficiently collaborating with
other agencies in maintaining the law and order in the union territory.
“J&K police has done excellent work and their leadership is doing a good
job. Police force is exceptionally
efficient. It is due to their efficiency that the results on ground are very
good,” he said.
Asked about the
visit of union ministers to the UT, Bhatnagar called it a positive step to
reach out to the people. “The government already has started public
contact. Efforts are being made to reach
out to the people. Last week’s visit by ministers was really a positive step
towards development of the union territory,” he said.
A 1983 batch IPS
officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, Bhatnagar retired as the Director General of
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on December 31 last year. On January 5, he was appointed as the advisor
to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
Known for his
professional acumen, Bhatnagar is credited for maintaining law and order in
Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370. He is also hailed for
handling the situation efficiently post Pulwama attack when Jaish-e-Mohommad
suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into CRPF convoy killing 40 soldiers.
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