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The development of J&K The Modi government’s top priority: Amit Shah | India News


NEW DELHI: Interior Minister Amit Shah stated in the Lok Sabha on Saturday that the Modi government has done more for Jammu and Kashmir since Article 370 was removed in August 2019 than those who ruled it for generations, while collected statistics to assert that his developing it has been the government’s top priority.
Responding to a discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, he also criticized some opposition members for their claim that the proposed law denies hopes that the region will regain its former statehood.
This legislation has nothing to do with statehood, and Jammu and Kashmir will receive the status at the appropriate time, Shah said.
He said that the union territory status of the region is temporary and then attacked Congress and other parties, which had endorsed Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was a temporary provision. But they continued with for more than 70 years before the Modi government overturned it in August 2019.
Jammu and Kashmir has been a top priority for the current government since it took power in 2014, he said.
Decentralization and devolution of power have taken place in the union territory after the revocation of Article 370, Shah said, noting that the panchayat elections had more than 51 percent of votes. The panchayats have been given administrative and financial powers for local development, something they lacked before, he added.
Now the people elected by the masses will rule Jammu and Kashmir, not those born of “kings and queens,” he said, attacking the dynastic parties in the region.
Even our rivals could not allege any wrongdoing in these elections that were held fairly and peacefully, he said.
Work on two AIIMS in the region has begun, and the Kashmir Valley will be connected to railways by 2022, Union Home Minsiter said.
He also assured the people of Jammu and Kashmir that “no one will lose their land.” The government has enough land for development works, Shah said.
The bill seeks to replace the ordinance to merge the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre of civil service officers with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.
Shah said the government expects around 25,000 jobs to be created in Jammu and Kashmir by 2022.

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