Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Srinagar on August 15, to hoist National Flag on Independence Day. However, his visit would depend on ground reports.
According to Home Ministry officials, there is no firm decision yet on this visit. Home Minister is waiting for a suitable opportunity to visit the valley after the state was stripped of its special status under Article 370.
Home Minister Amit Shah has pitched the change, along with the conversion of the state into two union territories from October 31, as steps that would fast track development and end terrorism in the state.
National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval, who has been camping in the state for the past week, already has to stay put in the Kashmir valley till at least August 15, to ensure that Pakistan’s plans to engineer violence are blunted.
The government’s tentative plan for the home minister’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir comes against the backdrop of the government and BJP’s push to ensure that Independence Day is celebrated not just at the state and district headquarters, but every panchayat.