Transformation underway in J&K and Ladakh, says External Affair Minister
Both the Union Territories have seen various development projects rolled out by the center in a year
A “transformation” is underway in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh with the rollout of progressive laws and development projects, External Affairs S Jaishankar said on the first anniversary of the revocation of the special status for the region.
“A transformation underway in Jammu & Kashmir and in Ladakh -Application of progressive laws, Delivery of social justice, Advancement of women’s rights and empowerment, Support for vulnerable sections, Expansion of education and employment opportunities, Development projects taking shape on the ground,” Jaishankar tweeted.
On August 5, 2019, the government of India revoked the special status granted to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370 of the Indian constitution. The state was bifurcated into two Union Territories (UT), J&K, and Ladakh by the center.
All the central government development schemes have been extended to both the UTs, something which they did not have access to until this day last year. In the Union Budget 2020-2021, Rs 30,757 crore was allocated to J&K and Rs 5,958 crore was allocated to Ladakh.
The abrogation of Article 370 also marked some significant developments that came after a struggle of 73 years. The new domicile certification law introduced on April 1, 2020, in J&K defines domiciles as those who have resided for 15 years in J&K or have studied for seven years and appeared in Class 10-12 examination in educational institutions located in J&K.
Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal also shared his remarks on Twitter and appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in the development of J&K and Ladakh.
“Ushering in justice, peace & prosperity for common man. PM @NarendraModi ji undid decades of darkness to bring development & opportunities to Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Abrogating Article 370, HM @AmitShah ji unified nation & empowered people of these UTs to shape their future,” Goyal tweeted.