Guwahati, September 8, 2019: Dismissing apprehensions after the abrogation of Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Sunday assured the people of the northeast that there would be no change in the Article 371 as it was a “special” provision.
Shah said there was a difference between Article 371 and Article 370, which was revoked by the Centre on August 5 leading to loss of special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
“Article 370 was a temporary provision. But Article 371 is a special provision. I want to clarify the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Narendra Modi government is committed to Article 371 — from A to J. There is no question of any alteration to it,” Shah said while addressing the 68th plenary session of the North Eastern Council.
The Home Minister’s remark came during his first visit to Assam after the release of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC).
- Culture and Language of North East must be preserved along with Development
- Modi government fully respect Art 371 and there will be no change in it
- NE zone has made noteworthy progress during last 5 years compared to the rest of the country in the last 70 years of Independence
- No illegal immigrant will be allowed to stay back in India
- The 8 NE states are like Astalakhmi, in future they will play a vital role in the development of the country
- 30 percent NEC budget will be spent on development of backward regions
- There is the need to set targets to ascertain the law and order situation in Northeast by 2022Recalling the moment when he tabled in Parliament last month the Bill to scrap Article 370, Shah said it was unfortunate that it was turned into “today 370, tomorrow 371″.”I don’t have any problem if opposition expresses its objections to the government decision. But there was an attempt to spread a message that Article 371 will also be scrapped like Article 370,” he said.
Stating that he had clarified it on the floor of Parliament, Shah said, “I want to clarify it (here too).”
Shah said it was necessary to clarify the point because “some people do not want the people of the northeast to join the mainstream and become the part of India’s development. They don’t want the peace to prevail in the region.”
Ever since the Centre moved a presidential order on August 5, scrapping Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories, Article 371 has invited attention as it allows special provisions for northeast states.
Most states that have been accorded special provisions under Article 371 are in the northeast and the special status aims to preserve their tribal culture. Article 371B deals with the special provision with respect to Assam.
Allaying apprehensions, Nagaland Governor R.N Ravi, who was the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace process, last month said the people need not worry about Article 371 (A) following developments related to J&K. (IANS with inputs from PIB)