Lok Sabha passes The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021 : Report

According to the latest reports, Lok Sabha has passed The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which was brought up by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament on 13th Feb 2021.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 13, 2021 16:28 IST
Lok Sabha passes The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021 : Report
HM Amit Shah

As per recent reports, The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was presented by Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament on 13th Feb 2021, has been passed by Lok Sabha. HM Shah has assured that the Bill will promote peace & development in the region, in addition to this, he has also ensured that Jammu & Kashmir will be given its rightful statehood.

On 5 August 2019, the NDA government revoked the special status, or limited autonomy, granted under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir—a region administered by India as a state which consists of the larger part of Kashmir which has been the subject of dispute among India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.

The original bill was introduced by the Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, in the Rajya Sabha on 5 August 2019 and was passed on the same day. It was then passed by the Lok Sabha on 6 August 2019 and it received the President's assent on 9 August 2019. 

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However, certain improvements & changes were made by the NDA government in the bill observing the situation in Jammu & Kashmir over the past two years and a new bill was presented on 13th Feb 2021 with new amendments.

HM Amit shah lauded the efforts of the government in making sure that the J&K Panchayat elections were held peacefully last year and he also criticized the UPA government citing that thousands were killed, curfew was imposed during UPA's tenure.

Previously, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy had stated that around 170 central laws were being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to the erstwhile state.

As for the statehood question, Amit Shah said, "I have said in this House & I say it again that this Bill has got nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu & Kashmir. Statehood would be given to Jammu & Kashmir at an appropriate time".

"Many MPs said that bringing Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 means J&K won't get statehood. I am piloting the Bill, I brought it. I have clarified the intentions. Nowhere it's written that J&K won't get statehood. Where are you drawing conclusion from?", he added.

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Stressing at the J&K Panchayat DDC elections which were held last year, HM Shah said "Nobody, not even our rivals can say that there was fraud or unrest during the election (DDC). Everyone voted fearlessly & peacefully. 51% of votes were cast in the Panchayat elections"

He also said that the parties who fought the elections to bring back 370 had lost and there was no future for them. This statement was targetted at opposition parties & regional parties of Jammu & Kashmir that were critical of the center's move to abrogate Article 370. 

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