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MEA says ‘optimistic developmental modifications’ in J&Ok replicate ‘full normalcy’ in UT – India News , Firstpost

The MEA’s assertion got here after a US lawmaker wrote to EAM S Jaishankar expressing concern over the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir one yr after Article 370 was abrogated

Several optimistic modifications have taken place by way of improvement in Jammu and Kashmir within the final one yr which replicate return to “complete normalcy”, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Thursday.

The assertion got here after the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed concern over the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir one yr after Article 370 was abrogated and the state was bifurcated into Union territories.

Asked concerning the reference to Jammu and Kashmir within the letter, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated, “Regarding the specific issue, there have been several positive changes in the UT of J and K over the past one year, be it in terms of ensuring good governance or socio-economic development or justice to the disadvantaged sections of the population.”

Elections have been held to dam improvement councils in October 2019, the primary ever ‘Khelo India’ winter video games have been held in March 2020, colleges have re-opened, new instructional services are being established, there are provisions of higher healthcare with new well being services arising, infrastructure improvement has taken place and lengthy pending initiatives have been accomplished, he stated, itemizing the optimistic developments in Jammu and Kashmir previously one yr.

“So, all this certainly reflects return to complete normalcy. We continue to be engaged with and brief our interlocutors including the (US) Congress in this regard and we will be happy to brief the (US) Congress,” Srivastava stated at an internet media briefing.

The letter, signed by Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Michael T McCaul, its Ranking Member, stated, “As champions of the US-India relationship, we have been delighted to see our countries’ close cooperation on issues from defense to climate change.”

Srivastava stated the letter displays a robust bipartisan help for India within the US.

Engel additional writes, “It is because of our support for the bilateral relationship that we note with concern that conditions in Jammu and Kashmir have not normalised one year after India’s repeal of Article 370 and the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory.”

On 5 August final yr, the Centre introduced its resolution to withdraw particular powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories.

To a query on whether or not India has briefed pleasant international locations on Jammu and Kashmir across the first anniversary of the Centre’s resolution to revoke the particular standing of the area, Srivastava stated Indian envoys in numerous international locations preserve assembly their interlocutors and briefing them.

“During their briefings, they brief about the socio-economic changes and the development that has taken place in Jammu and Kashmir. Briefings are given on important steps taken by our government in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development and in other sectors which have brought about a change in the lives of the common people,” he stated.

To a separate query on businessman Vijay Mallya’s extradition from the UK, Srivastava stated the Indian aspect was in fixed contact with the UK aspect on the problem of his early extradition to India.

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