New Delhi: A group of Union ministers will visit Jammu and Kashmir later this week to spread awareness about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and the development measures taken by the government for the region, sources said on Wednesday.

This will be the first visit by so many Union ministers since the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and was bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The schedule for the visit of the ministers to the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be finalised at a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on January 17.

The visit is an initiative of Union home minister Amit Shah and the ministry is coordinating it, the sources said.

The group of Central ministers will visit Jammu and Kashmir, including sensitive areas in the Valley, starting January 18.

The ministers will visit different districts in both the UTs between January 18 and January 24.

Union minister Piyush Goyal is expected to visit the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on January 19.

Union Minister Smriti Irani will visit Katra and Panthal areas in Reasi district on January 19, while Piyush Goyal will be in Srinagar.

This will be the second round of visit to Jammu and Kashmir by Union ministers after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year.

With PTI Inputs