Decisions taken so far –
· Government of India revokes Article 35A along with Article 370.
· Ladakh to be a Union Territory without Legislature.
· Jammu and Kashmir to be separate Union Territory with Legislature.
· All provisions of the Indian Constitution as amended time to time will apply to Jammu and Kashmir.
About Article 35A
· Introduced in 1954 by then President Rajendra Prasad.
· Gives J&K the power to decide and qualify its ‘permanent residents’.
· Prevents the non – residents Jammu & Kashmir people from owning property and availing Government employment.
· Allows the state to provide scholarships and other aid from the State Government to the permanent residents.
About Article 370
· Adopted on in 1956, came in to force from 1957.
· Parliament needs J&K Government’s approval for applying and amending all laws except defence, foreign affairs, finance, and communications.
· The central government cannot declare emergency on grounds of internal disturbances or imminent danger unless approved by the state.
· Allows the state of Jammu and Kashmir to make its constitution.
The Government of India under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi and Shri Amit Shah marks this day a historic one. The Central Government scraps the Article 35A and Article 370 which grants the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir a special status and also prevents the non-J&K residents from the rights and privileges in the state. It was a much-awaited move and will certainly help in keeping peace in the valley.