Congress Seeks Bill In Budget Session To Restore Statehood30 January 2021
New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday demanded that the government should bring a Bill in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament to restore full statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, as promised earlier. In an all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narenrdra Modi today, former J&K Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Centre must now bring a Bill and restore the statehood, which was unfairly taken away on August 5, 2019. 'The district development council elections are over. There is now no excuse to further delay this critical agenda. People of J&K were most unfairly treated when the state was converted into a UT. Now J&K's statehood must be restored immediately, so that the aspirations of the people can be fulfilled,' said Azad. He noted that a border entity like J&K could not be left to bureaucrats and officials and deserved its own elected representatives. In the Budget session, the government will bring an Act replacing the JK Reorganisation Amendment Ordinance, 2021, in which the Jammu and Kashmir cadre of IAS, IFS and Indian Forest Services was merged with the AGMUT (Arunachal, Mizoram, Goa and UT) cadre.