inister of state for home affairs, Nityanand Rai on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that the statehood for Jammu & Kashmir would be granted after normalcy is restored.
While replying to a question on whether the government had any proposal to “reinstate” the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and whether some efforts have been made to end the year-long ban on different means of communication, Rai said, statehood to Jammu and Kashmir would be granted at an appropriate time after normalcy is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Subsequently, the matter was reviewed from time to time and restrictions imposed were gradually eased out in a phased manner and 4G internet data services were restored in the entire Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from February 5, 2021,” said Rai in his written reply on the matter.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the number of militant incidents has reduced during 2020 by 59 per cent as compared to 2019 and 32 per cent up to June 2021 in comparison with the corresponding period up to June 2020.
Rai further informed that the Centre has taken various measures such as strengthening of security apparatus, strict enforcement of the law against anti-national elements, intensified cordon and search operations to effectively deal with the challenges posed by the militant organisations.
It further informed that shops and business establishments, public transport, Government Offices, educational and health institutions, etc are functioning normally in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir lost its statehood following the abrogation of Article 370 and 37A in August 2019. The erstwhile state was then divided into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh