#KashmirSituation: MHA Statement To Supreme Court

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Kashmir remained shut, curfewed on 30th consecutive day on Sunday against civilian killings. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Kashmir remains shut, curfewed on 32th consecutive day on Tuesday against civilian killings. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Prof Bhim Singh, Panthers party chief, after petitioning Supreme Court that situation in Kashmir demands Governor rule, the Union Government submitted an affidavit that “all is well” in J&K.

The document which Union Ministry of Home Affairs to top court is reproduced here verbatim for larger public interest

Government of India

Ministry of Home Affairs

(J&K Division)

…..

Status Report in Pursuance of Order dated 29-07-2016 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition titled J&K National Panthers Party V/s Governor of J&K & others – W.P, (Criminal) No. 102/2016 on the basis of inputs received from the State Government of J&K

  1. Whether the authorities have made adequate provisions for medical emergencies in the affected areas.
  2. During the prevailing law and order situation (since 8 July, 2016), the Healthcare facilities across the Kashmir valley have remained fully functional round the clock and the Government health institutions have continued to provide treatment to all the injured patients who have reported to/ have been brought to these institutions.
  3. Further, it has been ensured that there is no shortfall in the availability of medicines/ drugs, disposable items etc. in these health institutions. The authorities were directed to ensure that all the injured patients who report at the Government Health Centres/ Hospitals are provided treatment, free of cost and that the patients/ attendants are not required to procure any medicine at their level and that every medicine shall be provided from the Hospital itself. This aspect has been fully ensured, with the stocks being timely replenished in all the hospitals.

Further, sufficient availability of blood units was ensured in respective Blood Banks/ Blood Storage Units and there has been no shortfall in the availability of blood required for transfusion to the injured patients. Blood donation camps were also organized during the period with around 300 units collected in 09 different camps in the peripheral hospitals of the Valley. This was in addition to the blood already available there. Other donors are on standby, should the need arise. Further, in the Tertiary care hospitals at Srinagar, 590 units of blood were issued during the period, in addition to a large number of blood components having been issued. 532 units were also additionally collected as donations during the period to replenish the Blood Banks. Therefore, no shortage

in this regard was allowed.

  1. A large number of injured patients were received in the Hospitals and treated. The details are as under:
S.No. Item Numbers

(from 9th July to    2nd    Aug 2016)

1. No.   of patients   received   in   Health Institutions with major/ minor injuries 2656
2. No. of patients treated and discharged 2564

essential items from 14th to 26th July, 2016. The commodity-wise break-up of the number of the trucks is given as under:

S.No Commodity No. of Trucks
1 Chicken 22
2 Live sheep 27
3 Fruits 47
4 Vegetables 57
5 Diesel 163
6 Petrol 106
7 Kiryana Items 277
8 Wheat 4
9 Rice 512
10 LPG 60
11 Kerosene Oil 20
  Total 1295

III.    Whether provisions have been made for students from the affected areas appearing in competitive examinations.

  • Adequate arrangements were made for smooth conduct of various competitive examinations like NEET. CET. etc.
  • The NEET examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was held on 24-07-2016 at various Centres established in Srinagar City in which 1621 students appeared, which constitutes 93% of the enrolled candidates. Similarly CET for MBBSBDS was also conducted smoothly on 31-07-2016 in which more than 10,000 students from different parts of the Valley participated. Transportation arrangements for the students of the peripheral Districts/areas of Kashmir Valley were ensured by the State Government.
  1. Whether provisions have been made for doctors travel to and fro the hospitals.
A pro-freedom rally was taken out from New Colony Sopore on Friday, August 05, 2016, after mid-day congregational prayers. (KL Image: Mohammad Younis)

A pro-freedom rally was taken out from New Colony Sopore on Friday, August 05, 2016, after mid-day congregational prayers. (KL Image: Mohammad Younis)

Adequate transport and other arrangements were made for thravel to & fro movement of the doctors & others healthcare professionals ensuring their round the clock availability in the healthcare facilities for providing treatment and care to the patients. This, inter-alia, involved stationing the doctors and para-medical staff in the health institutions by creating make shift stay arrangements in these institutions itself and ensuring timely to and fro movement through hospital transport system as well as ambulances, etc. The duty rosters were tailored accordingly to meet the requirements of the patient load in the health institutions. This helped in ensuring continued availability of the Doctors and the supporting staff in the healthcare facilities.

  1. Whether relaxation   in   “curfew”   and   “restrictions”   on movement   are   being   given   to   avoid   inconvenience   or hardship to the people.

  • As brought out above, the availability of Medical facilities and supply of Essential Commodities have been ensured to avoid inconvenience or hardship to the people.
  • In view of the improving situation, curfew was lifted from most parts of the valley on 30-07-2016 and life is resuming to normal, despite continuous hartal calls from separatist groups.
  • Decision of imposing restrictions under sec 144 Cr.P.C and curfew are only being taken on the basis of “Chalo” calls/marches to various towns/cities in the valley being given by the separatist leaders/groups to the particular area, and not at Srinagar, the Valley in general.
  1. What is the ground reality as to the law and order situation in the affected areas of the Kashmir Valley.
  • After the neutralization of 3 terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen including Burhan Wani on 8th July 2016, violent protests and Law & Order disturbances started in different parts of Kashmir Valley. Inimical and anti-social elements exploited the news on social media platforms to inflame passions and incite sentiments. Public Address systems of some of the local ,

  1. Whether relaxation   in   “curfew”   and   “restrictions”   on movement   are   being   given   to   avoid   inconvenience   or hardship to the people.

  • As brought out above, the availability of Medical facilities and supply of Essential Commodities have been ensured to avoid inconvenience or hardship to the people.
  • In view of the improving situation, curfew was lifted from most parts of the valley on 30-07-2016 and life is resuming to normal, despite continuous hartal calls from separatist groups.
  • Decision of imposing restrictions under sec 144 Cr.P.C and curfew are only being taken on the basis of “Chalo” calls/marches to various towns/cities in the valley being given by the separatist leaders/groups to the particular area, and not at Srinagar, the Valley in general.
  1. What is the ground reality as to the law and order situation in the affected areas of the Kashmir Valley.
  • After the neutralization of 3 terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen including Burhan Wani on 8th July 2016, violent protests and Law & Order disturbances started in different parts of Kashmir Valley. Inimical and anti-social elements exploited the news on social media platforms to inflame passions and incite sentiments. Public Address systems of some of the local ,

11.7.2016 Monday 41  
12.7.2016 Tuesday 34  
13.7.2016 Wednesday- 17  
14.7.2016 Thursday 9  
15.7.2016 Friday 70  
16.7.2016 Saturday 10  
17.7.2016 Sunday 5  
18.7.2016  

Monday

6  
19.7.2016 Tuesday 7  
20.7.2016 Wednesday 9  
21.7.2016 Thursday 2  
22.7.2016 Friday 39  
23.7.2016 .  Saturday 13  
24.7.2016 Sunday 8  
25.7.2016 Monday 20  
26.7.2016 Tuesday 8  
27.7.2016 Wednesday 4  
28.7.2016 Thursday 15  
29.7.2016 Friday 95  
30.7.2016 Saturday 16  
31.7.2016 Sunday 17
1.8.2016 Monday 16  
2.8.2016 Tuesday 25  
3.8.2016 Wednesday 11  
  TOTAL 872  

  • Initially the curfew had to be imposed in 10 districts out of 22 districts of the State of J&K. These 10 districts are part of the Kashmir valley viz. Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian.

  • As the situation is improving, curfew remained imposed only in 03 districts that too in a restricted area viz. Srinagar (Only downtown), Anantnag (Town), Pulwama (PD Awantipora and Pampore Town).
  • Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra (SANJY) – 2016 is going on smoothly and overall 2,11,707 Yatries have paid obeisance till 29-07-2016.

Director (L&M)-

JK MHA, New Delhi

Replenished in all the hospitals.

A rally was taken out from civil lines area including Natipora, Chanapora and Nowgam on August 05, 2016. Forces intercepted it at Natipora Chowk amid intense tear gassing. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

A rally was taken out from civil lines area including Natipora, Chanapora and Nowgam on August 05, 2016. Forces intercepted it at Natipora Chowk amid intense tear gassing. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Further, sufficient availability of blood units was ensured in the respective Blood Banks/ Blood Storage Units and there has been no shortfall in the availability of blood required for transfusion to the injured patients. Blood donation camps are also organized during the period with around 300 units collected in 09 different camps in the peripheral hospitals of the Valley. This was in addition to the blood already available there. Other donors are on standby, should the need arise. Further, in the Tertiary care hospitals at Srinagar, 590 units of blood were issued during the period, in addition to a large number of blood components having been issued. 532 units were also additionally collected as donations during the period to replenish the Blood Banks. Therefore, no shortage in this regard was allowed.

  1. A large number of injured patients were received in the Hospitals and treated. The details are as under:

S.No. Item Numbers

(from 9th July to    2nd    Aug 2016)

1. No.   of patients   received   in  Health Institutions with major/ minor injuries 2656
2. No. of patients treated and discharged 2564

3. No. of patients who underwent surgeries 470
4. No. of patients with injuries to around 240
5. No. of major eye surgeries (vitrectomy/ retinal) conducted 58
6. No. of preliminary eye procedures done 194
7. No. of patients admitted as on date in various hospitals across Kashmir valley 92
8. Patients admitted with eye injuries as on 30.07.2016 51

  1. There are 450 ambulances in Kashmir Division which remained functional during the period, of which 110 ambulances suffered damages due to stone pelting etc. However, only 10 ambulances got grounded while the rest of the fleet continued to provide services to the needy. The entire patient-load has been efficiently catered to by these ambulances. The drivers have remained on duty for ensuring round the clock operability of the ambulance fleet. Similarly, adequate transport and other arrangements were made for the to & fro movement of the doctors & others healthcare professionals ensuring their round the clock availability in the healthcare facilities for providing treatment and care to the patients.

  1. The Hospital authorities were also directed to provide free of cost. food to all the patients as well as their attendants. This was very efficiently ensured in the respective hospitals.
  2. It also requires mention that the routine patients, who were reporting at the hospitals, were also being adequately attended to by the doctors. Routine surgeries, attending to delivery patients, conduct of OPD’s and attending to in patient admissions was never lost sight of during the period. In addition, all the diagnostic procedures like CT scan, Ultra sonography, X-ray, laboratory tests, etc. were carried out routinely during this period as well. The following figures indicate that the provision of the major medical services in all the hospitals across Valley continued unabated:

S.No. Item In Health care facilities of

Health & Medical Education

Department in the valley

(from 9th to 30th July 2016)

1. OPD patients attended to 4,81,409
2. In-door patient admissions ‘ 33,267

 

3. Major surgeries conducted 1084 )
4. Minor Surgeries conducted 6591
5. Normal               deliveries conducted 2984
6. Caesarian             Sections conducted 2162

  1. The State Government arranged the visit of three member team from RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS New Delhi to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar on 14.07.2016 for the convenience of the patients. The team expressed utmost satisfaction at the course of interventions undertaken by the Hospital, treatment protocols followed and the facilities made available for ophthalmic care. Free of cost treatment has been offered in AIIMS to those requiring it.
  2. The State Government also made all arrangements to shift 04 patients of eye injuries for further specialized treatment to AIIMS New Delhi on 23.07.2016. They are undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi and all the expenses in this regard are being borne by the State Government.
  3. The State Government also secured services of a three member team (specializing in retinal surgery) from Aditya Jyot Hospital, Mumbai. The team, over a period of 3 days from 26th to 28th July 2016, undertook 48 high-end retinal surgeries and examined all the patients admitted there. The team expressed satisfaction at the protocols being followed and further observed that the facilities available for eye interventions at SMHS Hospital, Srinagar match the best in the country, and that the patients don’t require to be shifted outside the state for further treatment. The State Government is accordingly exploring the possibility  of securing the
  Released Off-take %age
NFSA 3,51,112 3,33,036 95%
MMSFES 1,15,428 54,816 47%
Total 4,66,540 3,87,852 83%

Besides, adequate stocks of the foodgrains,  i.e., rice,

wheat, etc. are available in the godowns of FCI across the

Kashmir Division. 75529 metric tonnes of rice is available at 13

FCI Stations located in Kashmir Division, including Ladakh.

Similarly, 11606 metric tonnes of wheat is stocked at 12 FCI

stations located in Kashmir Division. Besides, 2552 metric tones

of wheat and 444 metric tones of atta is stored at various Rolling Flour Mills in Kashmir Valley. The above quantity of available stocks is sufficient to cater the needs of the people of Kashmir Division for nearly two months. In addition, the supplies of foodgrains are replenished continuously in keeping with the storage capacity available with the FCI, to ensure availability of foodgrains for the people of the state.

2)     Sugar

Against 47,712 Quintals required to be distributed during the month 33,717 quintals have been distributed. Besides, a quantity of 2295 metric tons of sugar is available at Central Go down, Gulab Bagh, Srinagar.

3)      LPG

During the month of July 3.09.619 LPG cylinders have so far been distributed among the consumers in the Valley against an average monthly consumption of 3.90 Lakh LPG cylinders.

There are 2.08 Lakh LPG cylinders in stock in the Valley which are available with the LPG dealers/Companies which is sufficient for 18 days.

In order to smoothen the delivery of LPG in the Valley, credit facilities have been extended to all the dealers as the RTGS system of payment was affected.

4)      Petroleum Products.

About 2730 KLs of MS (Petrol) (sufficient for 19 days),

11071 KLs of HSD (High Speed Diesel) (sufficient for 32days).

and 5190 KLs of SKO  (Kerosene Oil) (sufficient for two months) are available in the valley.

5)     Vegetables/ Milk

During this period, locally produced vegetables have been available in  the valley.   However for Srinagar City, the Vegetables Mandi has been functioning during night hours. The Mandi receives vegetables from vegetable growing areas from 11 PM to 3 AM in the morning and dispatch the same from -AM to 9 AM to various areas of Srinagar City. In this manner, the availability of vegetables has been ensured. Similarly Milk-carrying Vans also move during wee hours till 7 AM in the morning for distribution of packed milk. The State Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department has arranged Curfew Passes for divers of Milk Vans/Vegetable Vans so that they are able to move around with Milk and Vegetables.

It is further to add that uninterrupted flow of essential goods into Kashmir Valley has been ensured during the past three weeks. The movement of vehicular traffic on National Highway connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country was ensured during the night hours by making adequate deployment of Security Forces/Road opening Parties (ROPs). Director CAPD Jammu has been nominated as Nodal Officer for facilitating dispatch of such essential commodities, which are not available in Kashmir Valley. Besides, a team headed by Tehsil Supply Officer (TSO) has been stationed at Lower Munda, Qazigund to facilitate and monitor the movement of various essential items into the Valley. The team is functioning under the supervision of Assistant Director Anantnag. As per the details provided by the Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution Department, 1295 trucks have reached Kashmir Valley with.

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