11 more central laws implemented in J&K

The Centre has notified two orders specifying that 11 central laws will immediately come into effect in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir while the nomenclature of 10 state laws will be changed in view of the change of status of the erstwhile state. In a 136-page notification, the home ministry said the two orders will be called as the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Second and Third Order, 2020. The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – on August 5, 2019, through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state, was also abrogated on that day. Till then, the central laws were not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir unless they were ratified by the state assembly. Besides, there were many state laws which were exclusively applicable only in Jammu and Kashmir.