JAMMU, Aug 18: Ex-Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association has described abrogation of Article 370 and 35A as an historic opportunity for development of J&K.
In a meeting held today at RS Pura, General Secretary Ex-Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association, D K Chouhan maintained that the move is not only in the interest of the country but also for the benefit of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. “We appreciate and welcome the decision taken by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah to strengthen democracy at grass root level in J&K. About 45,000 Panchs and Sarpanchs will be empowered by this historic decision in J&K,” he said.
Chouhan added that the extension of constitutional provisions to J&K would empower Panchayats to undertake basic development activities in the rural areas. “It will accelerate development process besides enabling people to take benefit from various Central Government schemes, which were out of their reach till date,” he said and alleged that for last seven decades, successive Governments failed to empower Panchayats, due to which majority of population, dwelling in rural areas, was deprived of basic facilities.
Chouhan further said that with the abrogation of Article 370, any industry can be started in Jammu & Kashmir, which in turn will increase employment rate. Moreover, any female resident of Jammu & Kashmir can marry outside the State without losing her basic rights, he added and termed Article 370 as the biggest blunder and mistake of past which has been corrected now, after 70 years, under Modi’s Government. “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India though instead of a Union Territory it should have allowed to remain a State without any special privileges like all other States of the Union,” he opined.
Those present in the meeting, included District Samba President Gurbachan Singh, General Secretary Samba District Noor Mohd, General Secretary Jammu District Balbir Singh, Harbans Lal Raina, Munshi Ram, Ravinder Kour, Lovely Pandita, Vishnu Devi and others.