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India will continue to ensure development of Jammu, Kashmir – Envoy

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6 Aug 2021 2:37 AM GMT
India will continue to ensure development of Jammu, Kashmir – Envoy
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Mr Abhay Thakur, High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, has said that India would continue to ensure the development of its Jammu and Kashmir with its people enjoying the benefits due all Indians. Thakur made this known on Thursday in Abuja when the High Commission joined in the commemoration of the second Anniversary of the […]

Mr Abhay Thakur, High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, has said that India would continue to ensure the development of its Jammu and Kashmir with its people enjoying the benefits due all Indians.

Thakur made this known on Thursday in Abuja when the High Commission joined in the commemoration of the second Anniversary of the Constitutional Amendment by the Parliament of the Republic of India.

Supreme reports that the constitutional amendment on Aug. 5, 1999, Article 370 of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh unified the erstwhile provinces with the rest of India.

The status to domicile its own rules was nullified and the Provinces and its people had since began to enjoy all the benefits accorded every Indian citizen.

The Provinces have been a subject of dispute between India, Pakistan and China since the mid-20th century.

According to Thakur, the constitutional amendment passed has allowed for improved administration of the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh regions and to further enhance their socio-economic development.

“All 890 Central laws are now applicable to Jammu and Kashmir, 205 State laws repelled, all unjust and discriminatory laws have been removed, National Flag unfurled on all Government buildings.

“The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the maintainace and welfare of parents and senior citizens Acts 2007, Family Courts Act, 1984 are now applicable.

“Those discriminated against have been empowered with 35,000 beneficiaries from border areas 5,764 West Pakistani Refugees, 44,000 Kasmiri migrants families being catered for.

“Under the Prime Minister’s Package, there have been development projects on hydropower, for all, water to every home, a road to every village, improved business environment.

“The package has also seen the building of a world class Health Infrastructure, relief package during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth employment and entrepreneurship, amongst others,” Thakur said.

Thakur said that there is also a bilateral agreement between Pakistan and India to bilaterally engage and resolve any form of border disputes surrounding the regions.

“The key lines for all friends and partners and all well-wishers across the world is that Indian and Pakistan have already agreed under the 1972 agreement to solve all issues bilaterally and directly.

“There is the arrangement in place and there is no rule for third party involvement. There is absolutely no reason for any misperception or misunderstanding on that issue.

“And as regards border issues, they are where they are and there are mechanisms to address them whether it is with Pakistan or China, and they will be addressed.

“So I think a gentle appreciation on India’s position and also our multi lingua and multi-religious nature should always be kept in mind.

“I also think that disputes, if any, are nothing to do with cultural or any other kind of conflict; it is purely to an extent on legal interpretation and India is convinced that the entire Jammu and Kashmir is a legal part of India.

“We have had the legal instrument of accession and for the moment the statuesque is what it is, and there is no reason for anyone to believe that this would be escalated or worsen in any manner.

“We will continue to remain steady and pursue the growth and development of all provinces of India including Jammu and Kashmir”, Thakur added.

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