Art 370 was a hurdle for development of J&K : PM

New Delhi, Aug 8
Addressing the Nation for the first time after abrogating Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today blamed Article 370, which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir, for slowing down the pace of developmemnt in the region.
During his speech, the Prime Minister reiterated his Government's stance that J&K will not remain an Union Territory forever, and will be reinstated to Statehood once situation returns to normal. He said that the people of J&K will soon be able to elect their representatives, like before.
Article 370 and Article 35A gave only separatism, nepotism and corruption to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, said the Prime Minister.
Earlier this week, the J&K Reorganisation Bill was passed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The new Bill seeks to divide the State of Jammu and Kashmir in two Union Territories -- that of Ladakh and of J&K.
"I urge the people of J&K and Ladakh to show their capability to the world," said the Prime Minister Modi at the end of his address.
"I congratulate the people on the occasion of Eid. The Government is trying to ensure that the people of J&K face no difficulties in celebrating Eid," he added.
"I assure the people of J&K that things will return to normalcy," added the Prime Minister.
Help the Government to shape the new direction for J&K and Ladakh, urged the Prime Minister.
"We are responding to the question being raised (on abrogation of Article 370). It is our democratic responsibility," said the PM.
"Several herbal and organic products are scattered across J&K and Ladakh. If they are identified and marketed in the global market, then it will greatly benefit the people and farmers of these regions. I urge the enterprises from all over India to come forward for this," said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister further said that "Sport training, scientific eeducation will help the youth of J&K to showcase their talent across the world."  "I urge the Hindi, Telugu and Tamil film industry to come to J&K for shooting their projects," he said and added "J&K and Ladakh have the potential to become the biggest tourist destination in the world. The reforms required for this are being done."
"I am sure that after the revocation of Article 370, the representatives of the Panchayats here will do stellar work," the PM said.         Courtesy Business Today