No restrictions on media in Kashmir: I&B Minister Javadekar

Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar has said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is normal.

In an interaction with a news agency, he said, people in J&K are happy over the abrogation of Article 370 provisions as they will now get benefits and entitlements on par with citizens of rest of the country.

Mr Javadekar asserted that there have been no restrictions on media and that all newspapers are being published in the Valley without any difficulty.

The minister said, journalists are free to visit the region and see the situation for themselves. He dismissed criticism by a section of the international media over alleged rights violations in the valley.

Mr Javadekar also rejected the opposition’s charge that the BJP was using withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status as a poll plank in the run-up to assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra.

He said, it was the people who were talking about the historic move as it caught their imagination. He said, people in Jammu and Kashmir are supporting the government’s move.