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UT STATUS FOR J&K IS TEMPORARY

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The Union Territory status for J&K from being a full State, was a “temporary” situation and that at some point statehood would be restored. 

Key data’s:

  • In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi it was a historic move and a new beginning for Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh. 
  • The following are mentioned in his speech of 39 minutes;
    • The Union Territory status for J&K from being a full State, was a “temporary” situation and that at some point statehood would be restored.
    • Ladakh, would remain as a Union territory.
    • In Assembly polls, the MLAs and the chief minister will be from among the people of the Union Territory. 
    • Recently held National Security Committee of Pakistan took some measures to show against the move of revoking Article 370 of Jammu and Kashmir. In the TV address, PM Modi mentioned that abrogation of Article 370, which he termed as a “weapon used by Pakistan against India and to invoke sentiments among the people.”
    • The country took justifiable pride in its democratic process of law making, many of these laws including Right to Education, Minimum Wages Act, Acts that protect against atrocities on Dalits etc. were not applicable in the State in the past.
    • With the striking down of Articles 370 and 35A, the central government got down a particular matter, people who had settled in J&K after Partition could only vote in Lok Sabha polls and not the Assembly or local body polls. Now this provision was no more.
    • Assured the peoples that the jobs through public sector units and private sector would also make their way to the two Union Territories.
    • PM called for investors, film industry in particular to generate business in the State, delineating tourism, horticulture and handicrafts as the mainstay of the economy there.
  • While passing the resolution in Lok Sabha, on responding to the discussion on revoking Article 370, Home Minister Amit shah reiterated that the statehood for Jammu and Kashmir will be restored when the time is right and normalcy is restored.

 

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/upsc-j-k-now-under-central-govt-rule/

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/when-normalcy-returns-govt-will-restore-j-k-s-full-statehood-amit-shah-in-ls-1565096467762.html

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/statehood-for-jammu-kashmir-will-be-restored-pm/article28917530.ece

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