The refugees of the Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) are jubilant over revocation of Articles 370 and 35A. It is like a dream coming true all of sudden, rekindling hope for better future for the children. Having suffered on all fronts, due to deprivation and denial of their rights, they are looking towards jobs coming in immense with big industries and corporate sector chipping in.
Sanjeev Kumar Vaid, a Mirpur PoK refugee, said that scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A has brought a ray of hope among the displaced people, who faced a lot of problems due to indifference shown by successive governments over the issue. He hoped that several of their difficulties shall now be mitigated by the abrogation of Article 370. He said that August 5 will be remembered as a point of renaissance for the refugee community as their aspiration has been fulfilled by the scrapping of this contentious Article of the constitution. “With the creation of two Union Territories viz Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, the job avenues are expected to increase manifold with the establishment of MNCs in the region, he added.
Madan Lal Gupta, an elderly person, said that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir in general and PoJK refugees in particular have suffered a lot after leaving their homes. He said that the successive governments gave step motherly treatment to the community and did nothing for the welfare of refugees. He expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for revoking Articles 370 and 35A, saying the decision would prove to be a boon for the people of J&K. He further said that after repealing of Article 370, various opportunities will crop up for the youth to prosper and ensure a bright future without leaving the region. He appealed to Prime Minister and Home Minister to take all necessary steps for bringing new welfare schemes for the people of State.
Shammi Kumar said that the abrogation of Article 370 along with Article 35A has been widely hailed by the people of Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and region barring those for whom it was a milking cow. He said that the special status granted to the State of Jammu and Kashmir as a blessing at some stage, proved to be a great curse at the hands of rulers. He congratulated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah who with a one stroke silenced the Azadi, autonomy and self rule like slogans which were being projected and propogated at political level. He said that Kashmiri politicians have looted the wealth of Jammu and Kashmir and misguided the people for their personal motives. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir will now experience the real meaning of freedom, progress and prosperity.
Sanjeev Kumar Gupta welcomed the removal of Articles 370 and 35A, saying this will go a long way in bringing big industries in the region thus paving way for ample job opportunities and ending the era of joblessness which the region faced during last over 70 years. “It is likely that the abrogation of Article 370 will give a major boost to local economy and will change the course of people’s life towards prosperity and opulence”, he said adding Article 370 was the biggest obstacle and mistake of past which has been corrected now after 70 years by the Modi government. He said that today entire India is rejoicing the moment, as Jammu and Kashmir will also move ahead on path of development under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He asserted that youth of J&K have suffered a lot due to this controversial Article but after its removal the people of State especially Jammu are feeling secured and elated.
Rajesh Bali said that the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A was need of the hour for the security of nation and also for the safety of the peace loving people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the successive governments in J&K and the Centre did nothing for the refugees except giving hollow slogans and misusing the resources. He also expressed gratitude to the Modi government for showing serious concern towards the refugees also by releasing Rs 2000 crore package and hoped that second installment of the same would be released at the earliest. “We would extend full support to the Union Government for every initiative taken for development of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bali added.
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