Lok Sabha endorses Centre’s decisions on Kashmir

  1. Parliament has approved the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019. The order effectively abrogates the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under the provision of Article 370.
  2. The Parliament has also passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill,2019.The bill bifurcates the State into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir(with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature).
  3. The Presidential Order has extended all provisions of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir.This order will also supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order,1954.
  4. Further,Article 35A also ceases to exist on effective abrogation of special status.The reason being that this was inserted through a presidential proclamation of 1954 drawing powers from Article 370.
  5. The Bill proposes wide powers to the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and makes it the duty of the Chief Minister of the Union Territory to communicate all administrative decisions and proposals of legislation with the LG.
  6. The bill states that the Legislative Assembly may make laws for the whole or any part of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the state list except on subjects public order and police which will remain in the domain of the Centre vis-a-vis the LG.