File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Referring to Article 370 PM Modi said, 'Many of our brothers and sisters from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of their rights due to the Article which acted as an obstruction to their development'
The main focus of Prime Minister Modi's address to the nation on Thursday was Jammu and Kashmir and the abrogation of Article 370 from the state.
Referring to Article 370 PM Modi said, "Many of our brothers and sisters from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of their rights due to the Article which acted as an obstruction to their development. The entire country along with the state took the historic decision to remove the Article."
"Sardar Patel, BR Ambedkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and millions of countrymen's dreams were fulfilled after the Article was revoked."
"Our brothers and sisters from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were suffering due to Article 370. No one ever discussed this. Surprisingly no one could ever talk about the advantages of the Article."
"The legislation that were formed in the Parliament after days of contemplation and discussions were not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir. The state's Dalits, minorities and poor were deprived of the Act that prevailed in other parts of the country. The people of Jammu and Kashmir never enjoyed their rights under the Minority Act, the Minimum Wage Act, SC/ST Act. Now all laws made by the Parliament will apply in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Referring to the people who migrated to India from Pakistan after the partition, PM Modi said, "There were many people in the state who enjoyed the right to vote in the Lok Sabha but did not have the right to cast their votes in the assembly and municipal elections. With the scrapping of Article 370, rights to those who had migrated will be restored."
Further assuring the people of the state PM Modi said, "soon they will be able to choose their state government with transparent elections."
Under the new arrangement, the Centre will make sure that the workers and police in Jammu and Kashmir get the same rights that are enjoyed by people from the same fraternity in India.
He further said that soon the state will have ample job opportunities to fill in the vacancies in Central and state government. The PM also added that the government will also encourage the public and private sector in Jammu and Kashmir to provide job opportunities to the people of the state.
He said after the abrogation of article 370, the Panchayat in the state will work to give best results.
He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will defeat separatism and will move forward with new hopes.
"With good governance, the people of Jammu and Kashmir will achieve all their goals in a transparent environment."
The PM hit out at the dynastic politics in Jammu and Kashmir and said that so far parties had not allowed the youth to lead. Now the young people from the state will come forward and take the state to new heights. He also urged the women to come forward and lead the way for development in the state.
PM Modi said Ladakh's development was now the responsibility of the central government.
"Article 370 was used as a tool by Pakistan to terrorise Kashmiris. Nearly 42,000 people died over the last three decades."
"Kashmir was the preferred destination for Bollywood movies. Now when the situation is normal, people from world over would shoot movies there. The region has the potential to become the world`s biggest tourism destination. Filmmaking would provide employment, " the PM said.