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Amit Shah stresses on the advantages of scrapping Article 370
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Amit Shah stresses on the advantages of scrapping Article 370

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Stressing on the various advantages of abrogating Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Article 370 was an impediment to development in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking on Rajya Sabha while presenting the Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, Amit Shah said: "I want to tell the youth in the valley, with Article 370, there will be no development. If you want poverty, lack of development, lack of sanitation, continue with Article 370," the minister said.

"Article 370 ensures there is no PPP model, no private investment in the state. 370 ensures the healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir suffers, no doctor wants to go there. 370 ensures there is no right to education for the children of Kashmir. Dalits, OBCs in the state don't get any reservation because of 370," he added. The Centre had sent $40 billion but there was no commensurate development, the ministry had said.

The quality of governance, state of administration led to a non-optimal use of resources, the sources quoted the ministry as saying. As examples the ministry had cited the JK bank fraud, and delay in power and road projects, the sources said. Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had to go as it was the root of terrorism in the state and was the biggest hurdle to normalcy, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday, replying to a debate on the government's move to reorganize the state and bifurcate it into two union territories.

He also said that the vested interests in Kashmir did not want application of Indian laws in Kashmir. This had impact on investment, and led to gender discrimination. Fundamental duties were also not applicable in the state, he added.