Jammu and Kashmir will not always be Union Territory, will get statehood: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir will not always be a union territory and once the security situation improves, its state status will be restored. On Monday, speaking to probationers of the 2018 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), Shah said, “There has not been a single bullet nor one person died in the state since the removal of Article 370.”
The Home Minister said that to say that only Article 370 can protect the culture and identity of Kashmir is completely wrong. All regional identities are naturally protected under the Indian Constitution. The misuse of Article 370 is an important cause of cross-border terrorism. Section 144 of CrPC is applicable in only 10 police station areas out of 196 in Kashmir. On the tough decision to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said, some tough decisions have to be taken for the benefit of the people. The Narendra Modi government made this decision in public interest without fear.
NRC is necessary for national security
Shah called the National Register of Citizens (NRC) necessary not only for national security but also for good governance. He said that NRC should not be viewed only through a political prism. It is very important to benefit development for all citizens. The Home Minister encouraged the IPS Probationers to take pride in being part of a service that is continuously working to ensure the safety of the people.