Lok Sabha has passed Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which was previously passed by Rajya Sabha.
Before Parliament passed this bill, the discussion saw the opposition Congress and other parties opposing the bill. They posed many questions opposing the bill. Before the bill was passed, Union Home Minister Amit Shah answered every question posed by the opposition. He aggressively sought to dispel many fears and misinformation regarding the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Opposition’s Argument on Re-organisation
- The bill aims to deny Jammu and Kashmir its statehood
- The bill replaces an ordinance to merge the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre of civil services officers with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre. So, it is undermining the possible statehood of J&K
- Nothing positive happened after the abrogation of Article 370.
HM Amit Shah Sets the Record Straight
There is nothing in the bill that denies statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. The statehood will be given to Jammu and Kashmir at the appropriate time.
Many MPs said that bringing Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 means J&K won't get statehood. I am piloting the Bill, I brought it. I have clarified the intentions. Nowhere it's written that J&K won't get statehood. Where are you drawing conclusion from?: HM pic.twitter.com/yhAuG43NUG
— ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2021
It is an illogical claim that statehood is undermined by bringing civil servants of J&K under AGMUT. States like Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, and Mizoram are administered by AGMUT cadre. Does that mean that they are not states? Central officers going to other states are normal thing. For the speedy development of Jammu and Kashmir, which was neglected for seven decades, we need officers there.
Reacting sharply to Congress allegation that the life is disrupted in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, he said:
- The 2G and 4G services were shut for small period to contain rumour-mongering. But until the Vajpayee government came, Congress rule had denied Jammu and Kashmir telecom connectivity entirely.
- Replying to Manish Tewari’s charge on violence in the valley, Amit Shah asked Tewari to“recall Congress days, thousands were killed and curfews were imposed for days.” While referring to the peaceful elections for District Development Council.
Nobody, not even our rivals can say that there was fraud or unrest during the election (DDC). Everyone voted fearlessly & peacefully. 51% votes were cast in the Panchayat elections. Jinhone Dhara 370 waapis laane ke aadhar par chunav lada tha wo saaf ho gaye saaf: HM Shah in LS pic.twitter.com/QyHUPN44Ra
— ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2021
Account of 17 Months
For the opposition that asked what was done for Jammu and Kashmir in last 17 months, HM Amit Shah dared them to present their account of progress for 70 years when they were ruling. Then he goes on to explain the development that has taken place in recent months.
- For 70 years, Kashmir was not connected by Railways. Modi govt will complete the connectivity by 2022. 8.45 km Banihal tunnel is expected to open this year.
- All 18.6 lakh households in J&K will get piped water connection by 2022 which did not happen in the past 70 years.
- The process of settling 6,000 Kashmiri Pandits has started, and 3,000 were given jobs as well. Under Congress rule not a single settlement had happened. 44,000 Kashmiri Pandit families are receiving free ration.
- For the development of villages in Jammu and Kashmir, ₹15,000 crore has reached through Direct Benefit Transfer.
- 50,000 families of Jammu and Kashmir have been covered under health insurance
- Two AIIMS are getting built. IIT Jammu has started functioning.
- In the valley, 12,60,685 women have been given gas connections under Ujjwala Yojana.
- While due to Article 370, industries couldn’t get land for functioning, the government has ensured a transparent Land Bank for industries, which will bring jobs and wealth to state.
- Under Back to Villages programme, 15,000 small loans have been issued.