After the Article 370 abrogation, J&K now has over 800 central laws: Sitharaman in LS
“What has been denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for over 70 years will be given to them,” Sitharaman declared, despite objections from rival parties who accused the administration of rushing through the proposals.
Nirmala Sitharaman, the union finance minister, submitted a 1.42-lakh-crore budget for Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha on Monday. In presenting the budget, Sitharaman stated that the repeal of Article 370, which conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had resulted in the application of 890 Central laws. “What has been denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for over 70 years will be given to them,” she declared, despite objections from rival parties who accused the administration of rushing through the proposals.
She went on to say that repealing Article 370 has “allowed that which Dr (BR) Ambedkar gave for the rest of the country – SC/ST (laws) are now available for people of J&K.” “In J&K, 1,198 startups have been registered. “Over 200 startups have been supported to date,” she added, adding that during the Covid-19 pandemic, “143 crores was supplied to MSME units in J&K under the Emergency Credit Guarantee Scheme.”
Sitharaman also tabled the Union Territory’s additional demands for the fiscal year 2021-22, totaling Rs 18,860.32 crore, and moved a resolution to suspend certain norms to allow the House to take up the debate on the same day. Opposition MPs, on the other hand, have criticized the government’s decision to present and debate the J&K budget on the same day, claiming that members will not have enough time to consider the proposals.
Manish Tewari, a Congress politician, said the government has failed to meet the goals it set out when it repealed Article 370. He also inquired about the possibility of restoring full sovereignty to J&K. J&K’s special status conferred under Article 370 of the Constitution was revoked by the Narendra Modi administration on August 5, 2019. The state was also partitioned into two Union territories, with the government vowing to restore statehood at a “suitable moment.”
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