Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy today moved The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing. The bill will replace Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Ordinance of 2021 which merged the Jammu and Kashmir cadre of the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, and Indian Forest Service with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territory cadre, also known as AGMUT cadre.
The President had promulgated the ordinance last month to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad recalled the Government’s assurance that Statehood will be restored to Jammu and Kashmir. He said, if the present cadre was working well so far then why Government wants to merge it. Raising suspicion, Mr Azad said, bringing the bill makes it clear that Government wants to permanently keep Jammu and Kashmir as Union Territory. He said, no new industries have been set up in J&K. Mr Azad said, 7 thousand 107 industries have shut down there and new industries have not come. The Leader of Opposition urged the government to restore statehood and conduct elections as soon as possible.
Dushyant Gautam of BJP said, after abrogation of Article 370, people of Jammu and Kashmir got freedom to choose their representatives in the panchayat level. He said, after Article 370 was abrogated, the tri-colour is flying high there. Mr Gautam said, people from Scheduled Castes were deprived from reservation in the state but now they have got their rights after abrogation of Article 370.
A. Navneethakrishnan of AIADMK said, considering the attitude of Pakistan and China, it is better if Jammu and Kashmir is under the direct rule of the Centre. He said, there is a huge deficiency of officers in Jammu and Kashmir and the merger of cadre will help the Union Territory.
Manoj Jha of RJD, Ashok Siddharth of BSP, Sushil Gupta of AAP, Shamsher Singh Manhas of BJP participated in the discussion among others.
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