STATE TIMES NEWSR S PURA: Ex-Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association on Sunday welcomed Modi Govt decision to abrogate Article 370 and 35A from J&K saying that after independence, many freedom fighters did not want Article 370 to remain. In a meeting held on Sunday at RS Pura, General Secretary Ex-Central Paramilitary Forces Welfare Association, DK Chouhan maintained that the move is not only in the interest of the country but also for the benefit of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. It is the responsibility of the government to implement the move in a peaceful environment, he added. He further said that removing the special status given to Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370 will benefit its common people through jobs and better allocation of central funds and end the hegemony of political dynasties and separatists. It is a necessary and important decision to maintain the Unity, Integrity and Sovereignty of the country. We appreciate and welcome the decision taken by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah to strengthen democracy at grass root level in J&K. About 45,000 Panchs and Sarpanchs will be empowered by this historic decision in J&K,” Chouhan added. He further said that the extension of Constitutional provisions to J&K would empower Panchayats to undertake basic development activities in the rural areas. “It will accelerate development process besides enabling people to take benefit from various Central Government schemes, which were out of their reach till date,” he said. He said that for last seven decades successive Governments failed to empower Panchayats, due to which majority of population, dwelling in rural areas, was deprived of basic facilities. He appealed to general masses to remain calm and maintain communal harmony in the State. Chouhan said that every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir is welcoming the bill regarding abrogation of Article 370 with open hearts, as now any industry can be started in Jammu & Kashmir, which in turn will increase employment rate. Moreover, any resident of Jammu & Kashmir can marry outside the State without losing his/her basic rights, he added. He further added that Article 370 was the biggest blunder and mistake of past which has been corrected now, after 70 years, under Modi’s Government. This decision will definitely pave way for overall growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir, as more industries are likely to be established in the region, thereby providing more employment opportunities to educated youth of Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India though instead of a Union Territory it should have allowed to remain a State without any special privileges like all other states of the Union. Prominent among those present on the occasion include District Samba President Gurbachan Singh, General Secretary Samba District Noor Mohd, General Secretary Jammu District Balbir Singh,Harbans Lal Raina,Munshi Ram, Ravinder Kour, Lovely Pandita,Vishnu Devi beside others.
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