Jammu and Kashmir?s statehood to be restored soon: Home Minister

Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood is expected to be restored soon with no demographic change.

This information is shared by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a meeting with the 24-member political delegation from Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party headed by president Altaf Bukhari in New Delhi on March 15, 2020.

Minister engaged in discussions for more than 40 issues raised by the delegation, the autonomous region like J & K, assistance in agriculture, horticulture and tourism and relaxation for the young age of UT in UPSC exam.

He asserted that the center does not intend to bring demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir.He stated that the government will work with all levels of society to restore the state of Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest opportunity. He also revealed that all political prisoners will be released in due course.Key Details

During a meeting with a delegation of J & K Apni Party, Home Minister expressed confidence that the visible changes will be seen on the ground in the next few months and ensure that the center will take all necessary steps to ensure the overall development of Jammu and Kashmir.

Political delegation was the first to be detained at the center of discussion after the withdrawal of the special status of J & K on August 5th, 2019 and the establishment of a new two Union Territories.

The delegation also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 14, which also assured them that the J & K state will be restored at the earliest. Interior Minister also referred to the prime minister to address the nation after the withdrawal of Article 370 and said that he himself in his speech in the Lok Sabha on August 6, 2019 has been declared the same thing.

Interior Minister also explained that the center does not intend to bring the changing demographics in the region.

Referring to issues including relaxation in the curfew, internet restoration and release of political prisoners, the Minister of Home said that all decisions taken by the Prime Minister and carried out by the Minister of the Interior based on the ground realities and not because of any pressure.

After statehood was restored, J & K are expected to have the domicile policy better compared with other countries, said Minister of the Interior.

Shah also added that the center is working to make a reasonable economic development policy and industrial policy to enable the rapid economic development of the region. He welcomes suggestions and input from the same political party.

When discussing other issues, the Interior Minister confirmed that there will be no discrimination in the implementation of the law center in the area and the commission will be formed to look into the matter of reservations in the unions to ensure that no injustice is done to the minority communities including nomads and Gujjars. Shah also announced that the center will appoint a senior nodal officer will meet people twice a week to resolve their complaints.

Background The center announced the repeal of Article 370 and withdrawal of the special status of J & K on August 5, 2019. The area was then branched into two new Union Territories- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The leaders of various political parties of J & K including former Chief Ministers held in under preventive detention measures and kept under house arrest for more than six months. Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was released from preventive detention on March 13, 2020. However, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti continues to remain under house arrest.