MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, RAJYA SABHA
National Spokesperson and Head of IT Cell, BJD
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019
SHRI AMAR PATNAIK (ODISHA): Thank you, Sir, for allowing me to make a presentation on this topic. As has already been spoken, there comes a time in the life of a nation when momentous things happen. And, this is one such momentous thing, one historic thing. But, as rightly said, whether history will judge it in a way that the Government would like to believe that it has brought about a sea change, or, it will be counter-productive, will be judged in future. But, there is definitely one difference that is there in this particular Resolution. In the history of this nation, there have been incidences; there have been moments which have divided the country But this is one Resolution where people of a particular area are being integrated into the mainstream. Article 370 was basically between Kashmiris and the Indians. This has, actually, brought them together. Now, the question is: Whether Article 370 which was there in Jammu and Kashmir, should that not have been there for the North-Eastern people of India, could that not have been there for Sikkim? So, there is, probably, no justification for Article 370 in the beginning, despite being whatever be the narrative. Now that we have come to a stage of passing the Resolution, the Biju Janata Dal feels that this is a time to move forward. There are two aspects to it. One is the Article 370 abrogation and the second one is Reorganisation. Reorganisation of the State has taken place many times before in this country. Out of the two important things that I have to point out, one is elections. The democratic process should return to Jammu and Kashmir very, very early. The people should believe in the democratic process; only then, the fruits of this change, this historic change, will be reaped by the country. The second aspect is development, that everyone is talking about, for the Kashmiris. That should reach them. That should not reach to a group of people who burn schools and, at the same time, send their children abroad for studies, to a group of people who garner all the benefits, but do not give benefits to the people who are, actually, poor, who do not get jobs. So, for this development, it is proposed that the transitional phase, the transitional clauses, which have been written to be implemented within 12 months, 6 months or 9 months, should, actually, get implemented. Only then, the confidence of the Kashmiri people on these changes will be felt. They will, actually, come into the mainstream, into the Indian national flow or the Indian national development process, and all the rules, all the benefits that come to rest of India would probably go to them. Thank you, Sir.