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Reorganization act 2019: 37 Central acts to apply in JK

Reorganization act 2019: 37 Central acts to apply in JK
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New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for adoption of 37 central laws in
Concurrent List for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Prakash
Javadekar said.
Last August, the Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370 provisions for Jammu
and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union territories.
The adaptation of these Central laws will be under Section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir
Reorganisation Act, 2019, which bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union
Territories
The decision is an effort to ensure administrative effectiveness and smooth transition in
Jammu and Kashmir and removing any ambiguity, in line with the Constitution, Union
Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The adaptation of these Central laws will be under Section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir
Reorganisation Act, 2019, which bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union
Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one — and got
President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on August 9, 2019, just four days after the Parliament
passed it.
After the act came into force, Jammu and Kashmir was divided into the two Union
Territories on October 31, 2019
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the issuance of
the order, Javadekar said at a media briefing.
“All the Central laws which are applicable to whole of India except the erstwhile state of
Jammu and Kashmir before the appointed date of October 31, 2019 are now applicable to
Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he announced.
The Minister said that it is necessary to adapt the Central laws made under the concurrent
list, with required modifications and amendments. As per Section 96, the Central
government has powers to make adaptations and modifications of the laws, whether by
way of repeal or amendment, as may be necessary or expedient for the purpose of
facilitating the application of any law made before the appointed date till the expiration of
one year from the appointed date in relation to the successor Union Territories. (With PTI
inputs)

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