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Historic unanimous passage of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill and Jammu & Kashmir Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha
"Government brought Resolution to Repeal Article 370 of the Constitution as 'Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill, 2019, President issued Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 2019, and Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2019' introduced in Rajya Sabha. All of the above passed in Rajya Sabha unanimously," stated an official release.

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah, introduced two bills and two resolutions regarding Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on August 5 'announcing a path breaking decision by the Government, Shri Shah said that the Government is moving a resolution which would repeal the provisions under Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which granted a special status to the state of J&K. The provisions of Article 370 would cease to exist from the date President of India issues a notification in this regard, after the recommendation of the Parliament. Consequently, the Constitution of India would get applicable to J&K, on par with other states/UTs of the country,' stated the release.

Release adds that responding to apprehensions on the resolution and the future of J&K, Shah said, "I would just say that the bill that the Government is bringing is historic. Article 370 has prevented J&K to merge with India rather than being a basis of its merger. The politics of vote bank has looted the youth of the state for over 70 years. I would call on the opposition members to debate and discuss on why the benefits of development were not allowed to reach the common people of J&K till now. Politics of religion must be avoided at all costs. Article 370 is equally harmful for people of all religions."

He informed that post the repeal of the Article 370, doors to private investment in J&K would be opened, which would in turn increase the potential for development there. Increased investments would lead to increased job creation and further betterment of socio-economic infrastructure in the state. Opening of buying of lands would bring in investments from private individuals and multinational companies and give a boost to the local economy, as opposed to the apprehensions raised by those opposing this historic step, he added.

Further addressing the Kashmiri youth, Home Minister said, "We want to embrace the youth of J&K and give them flourishing opportunities of employment. Even the separate bill for reservation for economically backward classes would not be required if the resolution is passed in both houses as the provision will get automatically applied to J&K, as in rest of India," informs the release

He assured the House that if the Union Territory model works well, our government would also consider giving J&K the status of state again. No constitutional amendment would be required. J&K would become a true part of India in letter and spirit once article 370 is removed. The path to solution to all the problems of Kashmir goes through the repealing of article 370. This step would stand strong and would pass the test of legal scrutiny. Article 370was a temporary and transient provision, it had to go. It only required political will, which only the present government had.

"I give a heartfelt appeal to all political parties to rise above political considerations to join hand with the government to remove article 370. The country wants this united as one", the Minister concluded, after which all the resolutions and bills relating to J&K were passed as per the release which can be accessed from net for further detail.

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