Union Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh on Saturday said separatists have "lost relevance" in Kashmir and "have thus started losing the ground fast."
"They are no more relevant in Kashmir now as people have understood their nefarious designs and this is the reason that students and their parents have launched an uprising against them (separatists)," he said, adding: "In the days to come, they will be completely exposed."
"In Kashmir, who really don't know where the children of separatists are studying? They have their own children admitted in prestigious institutes outside the state or abroad and they have been endorsing closure of schools in valley. It is shameful," Jitendra said.
He said he is happy that "situation is returning to normal" in Kashmir and hoped that all schools will start functioning in the Valley "soon."
On problems being faced by locals after demonetization of high denomination currency, he said: "Certainly, people are facing some problems but in larger perspective, this move will have a strong impact on the economy of this country."
"With the banning of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, this government has also given a big blow to the militants flowing fake currency through different channels to India. They (militants) are awe-struck since November 8, the day Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were banned," he said. Replying to a media query about how to end the persistent deadlock between India and Pakistan on borders, he said he is not a relevant person for this question.
On safety of people living along the borders and closure of schools there, he said: "Bunkers are being constructed along the borders for the safety of people whereas schools have started resuming classes."
He said: "Even locals living along borders have been asking government to construct integrated household bunkers with facility of cooking inside. We are looking into the availability of budgets and once budgetary provisions are cleared, we will discuss the possibility of the same with BSF.