New Delhi: In the run-up to Republic Day, Jammu and Kashmir state administration has issued an order makingit mandatory for government official to attend the Republic Day functions in Srinagar and Jammu as part of their official duty.  The failure to attend the ceremony would be constructed as dereliction of duty and disobedience of government instructions, the order warned. Also Read - No restriction on Accessing Any Website in Jammu and Kashmir: Centre Tells Lok Sabha

“It is the duty of every government servant to attend the function which commemorates an important turning point in the history of our nation. All the officers and officials of the state government stationed at Jammu/Srinagar are, therefore, enjoined upon to attend the functions of the Republic Day celebration, 2019 at the University of Jammu/Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket stadium, Sonowar, Srinagar respectively as part of their official duty,” the government order said. Also Read - J&K: 50% Rebate on Water And Electricity Bills | L-G Manoj Sinha Announces Rs 1,350 cr Economic Package for UT

It added, “Failure to attend the function will be construed as a dereliction of duty and disobedience of Government instructions.” Also Read - Record 3,186 Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan Along LoC In Past Eight Months, Highest Since 2003

“All Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Managing Director/Chief Executives of the Public Sector Undertakings are requested to ensure that all officers/officials working under their administrative control, and stationed at Srinagar/Jammu, attend the function at their respective places,” the order further read.

Meanwhile, the state has been placed on high-alert in view of the cross-border terror activities ahead of the Republic Day. Inspector General of Police, Jammu, M K Sinha yesterday reviewed the security arrangements ahead of the  function, directing officers to maintain strict vigilance in view of terror threat and frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

He stressed on proper and intensive foot patrolling and surveillance of the areas in and around the main venue of the function, checking of hotels and other lodgments on continuous basis and alertness at check points which have been established at select places in border areas so that anti-national elements trying to sneak into the city are intercepted, a police spokesman said.