Modi govt’s report on IIOJK has fabricated stories: Gupkar Alliance

Srinagar, October 01 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) came down heavily, today, on the Modi government for releasing a report that claimed that the territory had seen a new era of development after the abrogation of Article 370.

The PAGD spokesperson, M Y Tarigami, in a statement issued in Srinagar rubbished the report as “concocted” and “fabricated”.

The Indian Home Ministry recently released a report titled “The dream of one nation, one law, one symbol fulfilled: After effective removal of the provisions of Article 370, the picture has changed: a new start in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh”. The PAGD’s statement, in contrast, said, “The reality is that there is a systematic disempowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir that is continuing to happen, through bureaucratic rule.”

Tarigami said, the claims of the BJP government that the abrogation of Article 370 and downgrading of IIOJK with special status into two union territories has paved the way for new industries, created new employment opportunities, decreased incidents of militancy, brought atmosphere of peace and security, nurtured democracy, eradicated corruption, brought new Central (Indian) laws for betterment of people in this region are nothing but concocted and fabricated stories while the ground situation belies these claims.

Tarigami said that the projects mentioned in the report were approved before 2019 but were shown as “an outcome of abrogation of Article 370”. He further said that while the BJP government boasted of having implemented various laws such as the Land Reforms and RTI Act, the truth was that the IIOJK was a pioneer in implementing revolutionary land reforms laws which no Indian state had done except Kerala to some extent. Similarly, the territory’s own RTI Act was stronger than the Indian law, he said, adding that its repeal when Article 370 was read down has led to chaos and complications.

“On the employment front, we lag far behind and have assumed the highest unemployment proportion as compared to the pre-August 2019 period. The filling up of vacancies is a routine exercise which was being done earlier also and now attributing it to the post-abrogation era is beyond our comprehension,” the PAGD statement said. Tarigami pointed out that unemployment rate was the highest in India in the last 45 years and in IIOJK, it was worse.

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