President Ram Nath Kovind today promised to enact a law for the division of two regions of Jammu and Kashmir and two states of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and will come into existence on 31 October.
October 31 marks the birth anniversary of the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in the merger of about 565 princely states into the Union of India after independence.
Parliament earlier this week approved legislation to bifurcate the state, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to re-map the region and the future at the center of a militant insurgency movement.
A Home Ministry official said that the President has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019. “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of section 2 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 (34 of 2019), the Central Government has appointed the 31st day of October, 2019 as the appointed day for this purpose. . The said Act, “states a Home Ministry notification.
Three days after the far-reaching decision to revoke the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, and in a 40-minute address to the nation on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to address the country’s concerns. People who say Jammu and Kashmir will not remain a union territory for long.
“As Jammu and Kashmir will see more and more development, I do not think it will remain a union territory for long. Ladakh will remain a union territory, ”Modi said. By law, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a Legislature like Puducherry and Ladakh will be a UT like Chandigarh, without a legislature.
In both the union territories, the core subjects like law and order will be with the center.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have Lieutenant Governor and its maximum power of assembly will be 107, which will be increased to 114 after delimitation. Twenty-four seats of the assembly will remain vacant as they come under Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The current effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly is 87, including four seats in the Ladakh region, which will now be a separate UT without a legislature.
UT’s Ladakh will have Kargil and Leh districts.
The Act states that there will be reservation in assembly seats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
J-K’s successor, the Lieutenant Governor of UT, may nominate two members in the Legislative Assembly to represent women if, in their opinion, women are “not adequately” represented in the Legislative Assembly.
It also said that Jammu and Kashmir will have five seats in the Lok Sabha, while Ladakh will have one seat in the lower house of Parliament.