Article 370 only temporary provision, not permanent, says Home Minister Amit Shah
Article 370 is a temporary provision and not permanent, says Amit Shah in Lok Sabha.
Amit Shah, Union Home Minister stated recently that Article 370 is a temporary provision and not permanent. Amit Shah said this while participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha to extend the President's rule in Jammu and Kashmi. The Home Minister said that people who call upon Article 370 repeatedly in reference to Jammu and Kashmir forget that the article also has the word ‘temporary’ before it.
Amit Shah reiterated that Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is only a temporary provision in the constitution and not a permanent one. The Home Minister said this in response to Opposition’s argument that Jammu and Kashmir can't be treated like other states because Article 370 gives it a special status.
The Lok Sabha later passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to replace an ordinance issued by the previous government. Under the bill’s provisions, people living along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir will get benefits of reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in professional courses on par with those living along the Actual Line of Control (ALoC).
Doing away with Article 370 is one of the key issues mentioned in the manifestos of the ruling BJP party.
Amit Shah pointed that he said so far Article 356 (President's Rule) was imposed 132 times all over the country, of which the previous UPA Government used it 93 times to dismiss the state governments.
The Home Minister also added saying that assembly elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir in a free and fair manner as soon the new dates are announced by the Election Commission.
Amit Shah further stated in the Lok Sabha that earlier in Kashmir, people who spoke against India were given security by the Government. Shah said that the BJP government has reviewed the security and worked to remove the security of 919 people out of 2000 who were protected because of the anti-India statement. He said that the government has spent Rs 2,307 crore to upgrade security in Jammu and Kashmir.