On Saturday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called on new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satyapal Malik and discussed the issues that are prevailing in Srinagar.

The officials reported that both of them met at Raj Bhawan and discussed the security and hinterland prevailing in Srinagar valley. They had a detailed discussion on the urban local bodies and election polls that will be held from October-December this year.

Defence Minister and Army chief General Bipin Rawat flew to Jammu and Kashmir on Monday in order to exchange notes on the security situation in the state. They discussed the important issues like the ongoing anti-terrorist operations.

On the other hand, Governor alerted the Northern army officials in coordination with Central Armed Forces, State Police and Civil Administration for ensuring safety and security of the state.

Sitharaman visited Kupwara district and was briefed by the commanders about counter-infiltration grid and operational preparedness. During the meet, she praised the commanders for their sharp vigil on the Line of Control, boosted their morale and applauded for their professionalism. She also told them to remain alert every second.

Sitharaman also discussed the election polls held from October- December. Municipal body elections will be conducted in four phases between Oct 1- 5. Similarly, panchayat elections will be held in eight phases between November 8 and December 4.

Our sources reported that Panchayat elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir after a two-year delay. The elections were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011. In 2011, more than 80 per cent people cast their votes in panchayat elections while disobeying the terrorists. 33,000 panchayat representatives were elected in the polls across the state.

Last municipal polls were conducted in the year 2005 in Jammu and Kashmir for a term of five years. In Kashmir, there are 47 municipal communities and in Jammu, there are 37.