Article 370: Top J&K political leadership except Mufti released after 7 months

While the PDP chief and former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti continues to remain under house arrest, NC leader and former chief ministers --- Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah were released in March this year.

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Government sources said as many as 255 stone pelters and political workers are still lodged at various prisons outside Jammu and Kashmir.
NEW DELHI: Top political leadership from National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir were released in multiple batches within seven months after scrapping of Article 370 last year, according to home ministry’s data.

As many as 6,605 persons including political heads, over ground workers (OGWs), stone-pelters and separatists were taken into preventive custody. However, 90 percent of them were released in the first three months, central government officials clarified.

PDP chief and former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is among the senior leader who continues to remain under house arrest while NC chief patron and former chief ministers --- Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah were released in March this year. The two along with other leaders---Shah Faesal, Sartaj Madni and Peer Mansoor were booked under stringent sections of Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA). Faesal, Madni and Mansoor were set free by the state administration on June 3, according to MHA officials.


Government sources said as many as 255 stone pelters and political workers are still lodged at various prisons outside Jammu and Kashmir. They added that the number of stone pelting incidents came down to 211 between January-June 2020 as compared to 604 incidents, a year ago. "Those lodged outside J&K will be released in coming days as the situation improves, ", said a senior official.

He further cited relaxations in curbs within two weeks of abrogation of Article 370 on August 17 when seventeen landlines exchanges out of 96 were restored. “Post-paid mobile services were re-activated on October 14 last year however 4G internet services still continue to remain suspended,” he added.

Despite easing of restrictions, the locals in most part of Kashmir observed ‘hartal’ expressing their resentment against the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. They have been demanding complete restoration of communication blockade imposed by the union government.
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HIGHLIGHTS: A YEAR AFTER 370
Over 20,000 West Pakistan refugees (WPRs) got access to education and jobs due to the new domiciles law.

Out of 354 State laws, 164 state laws were repealed, 138 state laws modified and applied, 170 more central laws made applicable.

Constitutional amendment regarding Right of children to free and compulsory applicable to J&K.

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Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package, only 7 projects were completed in June 2018. 17 projects have been completed by June 2020.

36 Union ministers visited J&K in an outreach plan from January 18-24, 2020. 12 districts, 60 locations covered, 100 public meetings held, 210 public projects inaugurated.

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Investors summit likely to draw stakeholders using 6000 acres of government land.

Panchayat and urban local bodies elections held with 74.1 percent turnout

SOURCE: GOI as the situation improves", they added.

Official further cited relaxations in curbs within two weeks of abrogation of Article 370 on August 17 when seventeen landlines exchanges out of 96 were restored. “Post-paid mobile services were re-activated on October 14 last year however 4G internet services still continue to remain suspended,” he said.

Despite easing of restrictions, the locals in most part of Kashmir observed ‘hartal’ expressing their resentment against the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. They have been demanding complete restoration of communication blockade imposed by the union government.

HIGHLIGHTS: A YEAR AFTER 370
Over 20,000 West Pakistan refugees (WPRs) got access to education and jobs due to the new domiciles law.

Out of 354 State laws, 164 state laws were repealed, 138 state laws modified and applied, 170 more central laws made applicable.

Constitutional amendment regarding Right of children to free and compulsory applicable to J&K.

Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package, only 7 projects were completed in June 2018. 17 projects have been completed by June 2020.

36 Union ministers visited J&K in an outreach plan from January 18-24, 2020. 12 districts, 60 locations covered, 100 public meetings held, 210 public projects inaugurated.

Investors summit likely to draw stakeholders using 6000 acres of government land.

Panchayat and urban local bodies elections held with 74.1 percent turnout

(SOURCE: GOI)
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