After revocation of Article 370, 35 A, J&K on the path of peace; militancy on decline : MHA

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Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Friday said that with the revocation of Article 370 and 35 A, J&K is on the path of peace while militancy was declining and Hurriyat base was diminishing.

In a 38-page booklet released by the MHA titled “the dream of one nation, one law, one symbol fulfilled,” the Ministry states that with freedom from Article 370 and 35-A, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s resolve of ‘One Nation, One Law and One Head of the nation’ became a reality after 70 years of Independence.

“Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are moving on the path of progress, in step with the rest of the country. Kashmir is keeping pace with the country. The Narendra Modi Government erased the people’s pain by removing Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, which had been lagging in the race of development for decades. Now it has been brought at par with other states by bringing it into the mainstream,” the booklet reads. “For almost two years now, this region has embarked on a new journey of development. 170 Central laws, which were not applicable earlier, have now been made applicable in this region. At present, all the Central laws are applied in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.”

“Out of the 334 State laws, 164 laws have been repealed, and 167 laws have been adopted, according to the Indian Constitution. For the people living in areas adjoining the international border, a provision of 3% reservation in jobs and educational institutions has been affected,” the MHA said.

It said that the domicile law had been applied in J&K. “According to the new definition of domicile, the persons residing in Jammu & Kashmir for 15 or more years will be treated as domiciles. Displaced refugees from Western Pakistan too, have human and civil rights now,” the MHA said, adding that “the way has been paved for the resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits ousted from the Kashmir valley in 1990.”

It said that the protection of rights of the women marrying outside Jammu & Kashmir and their children had been ensured. The MHA booklet told that Jammu and Kashmir are gaining freedom from militancy and moving on development.

“After the removal of article 370, the support base of separatists is diminishing. In 2018 fifty-eight, in 2019, seventy and the year 2020, six leaders of Hurriyat were taken into custody. The security provided to the Hurriyat leaders at government expense has been withdrawn. Eighty-two bank accounts of separatists were frozen,” the MHA disclosed. “The incidents of militancy have significantly declined, and there is a newfound atmosphere of peace and security in the valley.”

About Tourism post revocation of Article 370, the MHA said that tourism would shine again in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh as the places are being identified for development as tourist destinations. “A total of 137 peaks of Himalayas have been opened for foreign tourists out of which 15 mountain peaks are in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,” it said. The MHA booklet further noted that the Government is bringing the valley into the mainstream through Employment & Skill Development. “Biggest recruitment campaign of 10,000 vacancies have been identified in the first phase of the biggest ever recruitment campaign, out of which, the Services Selection Board has advertised 8575 vacancies. As a part of the second phase of the recruitment campaign, 12379 posts have been identified,” the MHA said.