Ahmed Ali Fayyaz SRINAGAR: President of India Ram Nath Kovind will be arriving here on his first visit to Kashmir valley on July 29 as he is scheduled to attend a national conference on communication along with the Union Minister of Law, Justice, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad at Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre. The function, among others, is expected to be attended by Governor Satya Pal Malik, his Advisors and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam. Official sources revealed to STATE TIMES that this would be President Kovind’s first ever visit to the Valley after taking over the country’s highest office on July 25, 2017. As the Presidential candidate of NDA, Kovind had visited Srinagar and Jammu to seek votes from the legislators on June 28, 2017, for the election held on July 17, 2017. Later that year, Kovind had made his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir when he presented President’s Colours to Ladakh Scouts in Leh on August 21, 2017. The Supreme Commander of the Indian armed forces, President Kovind had also visited base camp of the strategically important Siachin Glacier on the same day. On April 18, 2018, President Kovind visited Jammu in connection with the convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. On that day, degrees and medals were given away to over 800 scholars. President had also visited Raj Bhavan and attended a civil reception at Amar Mahal lawns. However, President has never visited Kashmir valley in the last two years of his term. After dissolution of Legislative Assembly and six months of Governor’s rule, Jammu and Kashmir has been under President’s rule since December, 2018.
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