Jammu: Home Minister Amit Shah said today that abrogation of Article 370 and 35A has made Jammu and Kashmir peaceful and prosperous
“Many security pundits used to say that don’t touch 370, it will burn your hand. Now, Article 370 is gone and Jammu and Kashmir is prosperous and it has also helped in getting terrorism controlled in the country”, the Home Minister said while speaking at ‘Times Now Summit on ‘India: A vibrant democracy, global bright spot’ in New Delhi.
“It was propagated for years that Jammu and Kashmir was a part of India because of Article 370. Now there is neither Article 370 nor 35A, yet Jammu and Kashmir is with India,” Shah said.
A new democratic generation is coming up in Jammu and Kashmir where over 30,000 panches and sarpanches are percolating the democracy to grassroots, he said.
The home minister also said Rs 56,000 crore of investment had come into Jammu and Kashmir and a record 80 lakh tourists, the highest since independence, visited the Union Territory since 2019.
“As far as terrorism is concerned, since 1990s when it started, there are lowest incidents of terrorism now. Stone pelting has completely stopped. It is zero. It is a very big development,” he said.
Shah said the roots of terrorism and those harbouring it in Jammu and Kashmir are very deep but the government is committed to eradicate it completely.
“I assure you that in J-K, we won’t let terrorism spread its roots and we are committeed to ensure the entire J-K is terrorism free,” the home minister added.