Govt introduces Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in LS
He added that the government should restore the position of Jammu and Kashmir to that prior to August 5, 2019.PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 13-02-2021 13:40 IST | Created: 13-02-2021 13:40 IST
A bill to replace 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 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Saturday.
Introducing 'The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021', Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the government was working to take Jammu and Kashmir on the path to development. He said around 170 central laws are being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to the erstwhile state.
''I request the members to pass the bill,'' he added.
He said regularly promulgating an ordinance is not good for a parliamentary democracy as an ordinance should be preceded by an emergency situation or any urgency.
''Our point of contention is loud and clear,'' he said, adding after abrogating Article 370, the government showed a ''dream'' to the people that they would ''make heaven'' in Jammu and Kashmir and create jobs there.
He alleged that militancy is still prevalent in the union territory and people are living in an atmosphere of fear.
''There is unemployment, restriction, lost avenues and total confusion,'' Chowdhury added.
''Please think for Jammu and Kashmir with new ideas and do not take adhoc measures,'' he said, adding the government should make Jammu and Kashmir a state and create a cadre to appoint officers there.
''You are continuously increasing confusion...What is the objective of this bill? ...You are taking Jammu and Kashmir towards uncertainty through this bill,'' he said, adding appointed officers should have connect with the ground realities. He added that the government should restore the position of Jammu and Kashmir to that prior to August 5, 2019.
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