Jammu and Kashmir state flag removed from civil secretariat after 67 years

wilayattimes (Jammu and Kashmir)

Srinagar:The Jammu and Kashmir state flag has been taken off the civil secretariat building in Srinagar after 67 years. It is only the national flag that remains on the civil secretariat building after the momentous decision of abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution.

However, not all government offices have taken off the Jammu and Kashmir state flag yet. Till last week both the flags were seen at the civil secretariat building.

“The removal of flag is in continuation of abrogation of Article 370 and not dependant on official bifurcation from October 31,” said a top source in the J&K government.

“Access by Parliament is already given (on abrogation) and the national flag is expected to take precedence at all government offices,” confirmed another top source in the administration.

In a historic announcement on August 5, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed in Rajya Sabha that Article 370 of the Constitution be abrogated to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

With the move, Jammu and Kashmir lost its rights to sport a separate flag and will now have to abide by all the laws of mainland India that were earlier not applicable in the state.stitution, thus stripping the state of its special status.

Official sources in the Jammu and Kashmir administration have confirmed to  that only the national flag will be seen at all government offices in the state from now on.