Recounting the success of the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that no processions or stone pelting take place in the Union Territory now.
Speaking at a public program in Jammu on Tuesday, Amit Shah said, “In the past, we were witness to frequent stone-pelting incidents. But there are no processions and stone pelting happening in Jammu and Kashmir now. This is because the government is moving ahead on the path of development with rigidity.”
Amit Shah said that now the security agencies have more clarity on how to deal with terrorists in the region.
“They (security forces) know how to deal with such elements now. They are also providing opportunities for them to surrender, but in case of firing, they know how to deal with them,” Amit Shah said.
In an apparent dig at the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, Amit Shah blamed family politics for lack of development in the region.
“After the abrogation of Article 370, people in Jammu and Kashmir got benefits from various government schemes. Democracy is strengthened when people welcome change. It’s important to identify the three families of Jammu and Kashmir which nurtured separatism instead of development,” Amit Shah said.
“After 2014, Modi ji has worked to bring this backward Jammu and Kashmir at par with almost all the states in terms of development,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Amit Shah announced that the Gujjar, Bakerwal and Pahari communities in Jammu and Kashmir will get reservation benefits. The benefits will be in accordance with the recommendations of the Justice Sharma Commission which examined the issue of quota.
Amit Shah also said there will be no decline in ST quota of Gujjars and Bakerwals and Paharis and everyone will get their share.
“The Justice Sharma Commission has recommended that Paharis, Bakerwal and Gujjars should be included for ST quota benefits. These recommendations have been received and soon after completion of legal procedure, Gujjars, Bakerwals and Paharis will get the reservation benefits,” Amit Shah said.