Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said Jammu and Kashmir will be given statehood at an appropriate time. Shah was replying to Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who asked the home minister about the promises he made to the people after the abrogation of Article 370, which provided special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Replying to the discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Shah questioned the Congress’ contribution to the region in the last seven decades during a Lok Sabha discussion on J&K Reorganisation Bill. Shah also criticised the Congress for failing to account for its actions in Jammu and Kashmir over the past 70 years, and now seeking answers from the Narendra Modi government.
Questioning on abrogation of article 370, Chowdhury had asked the Modi government about the ways to improve things in Jammu and Kashmir. He said dreams that the Modi government had shown to the people of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 have not been fulfilled yet. Jammu and Kashmir has not returned to normalcy. More than Rs 90,000 crore of local business has finished. On Monday, Rajya Sabha’s Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had reiterated the Congress party’s demand to restore statehood status to the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The home minister said he had no objection and will give an account for everything but those who were given the opportunity to govern for generations should look within if they are even fit to demand an account. He said many members of the House have said that bringing the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, means Jammu and Kashmir won’t get statehood.
Shah also clarified in his speech that it is not written anywhere that Jammu and Kashmir won’t get statehood. Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has got nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Statehood would be given to Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was introduced by minister of state (MoS) for home affairs G. Kishan Reddy in the Rajya Sabha on February 4 to replace Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The new bill aims to merge the Jammu and Kashmir cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers with that of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territory (AGMUT)