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NAGPUR: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Saturday said that for the complete assimilation and integration of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of India, changes should be brought into the Article 370 and Article 35A. He was addressing RSS and BJP workers at party headquarters at Nagpur. He said: "There is a need for partisan, transparent and clean administration in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. The determination with which terrorist infiltration and firing from across the border are being dealt with is appreciated. Provocative actions and the propaganda of separatists is been effectively controlled by curbing their illegal financial sources. The positive effects of strategy to neutralize the terrorists are now visible on the ground. Problems faced by refugees are still not resolved in J&K.


They don't have basic facilities and lead a backward life. Problems of permanent residents of the state, who migrated from Pakistan occupied J&K in 1947, are still present. The problems of those who were displaced from the Kashmir valley in 1990 are remaining as it is. Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed in J&K. Only when constitutional amendments are done, can residents of J&K be completely assimilated with the rest of the country.”

Mohan Bhagwat lauded the armed forces’ efforts in dealing with militancy and ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Valley but said much still needed to be done to bring the state to the mainstream. “For this just work, necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed. Then and then only, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with rest of Bharat and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in the national progress,” Bhagwat said in apparent references to Articles 370 and 35(A) of the Constitution. While Article 370 gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35(A) defines the state’s permanent residents and their special privileges.


The fundamentalist Hindu leader said that: "Links between Rohingya and Jihadi elements are coming to light. If such elements come to India, they may have an impact on our security situation. Why do the Rohingya want to come to India? We need to study their background. They will not only put pressure on our jobs, resources but will pose a threat to nation's security. We had not even completely solved the problem of Bangladeshi intrusion when Myanmar's problems have been heaped on us," he said. 

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  • Reviews implementation of GST, GeM, HRIDAY, Accessible India Campaign

SRINAGAR:  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today chaired his 22nd interaction through PRAGATI with Union Secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of the States. Chief Secretary, J&K, B B Vyas also participated in the video conference. The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the banking sector and progress of nine infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power, coal and gas pipeline sectors, spread over several states.


The Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), and the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign) for the differently-abled. Prime Minister urged all Chief Secretaries to remain sensitive to the needs of the differently-abled and ensure that Airports, Railway Stations, Bus terminals, Government buildings and other establishments and means oftransport are made 'fully accessible' to them. 

The Prime Minister said that while many Union Government departments are now using the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), only ten States have so far shown keenness in using it. He said that GeM increases the pace of procurement, and boosts transparency, besides supporting enterprise at the local level. He urged all Chief Secretaries to explore its use to the extent possible, to minimize leakages and delays.  

On GST, the Prime Minister said that while traders across the country are positive and are accepting this new taxation arrangement, they need handholding so that their problems can be resolved. He urged the Chief Secretaries to use the district administration in this regard, so that small traders are facilitated to access and adopt the new system. He reiterated that small businesses must register with the GST network, to take advantage of business opportunities. He said that the common man and the trader must benefit from this path breaking decision. The Prime Minister also called for sustained efforts to boost digital payments and work towards a less cash society.

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NEW DELHI: Press Council of India (PCI) Thursday issued a notice to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Jammu and Kashmir police, and other state officials over the arrest of freelance Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf.  PCI has taken a suo-motu cognizance regarding the arrest of the photo journalist and has given two weeks time to the respondents to reply to the notice.


The letter addressed to the National Investigation Agency officials, officials of Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the matter is prima facie concerned with the freedom of press in the country. The Press Council of India has “viewed the incident with concern and taken the suo-motu cognizance of the matter under Regulation 13 of Press Council (procedure for inquiry) Regulation, 1979."


“It has been brought to the notice of the Council that Jammu and Kashmir police arrested Pulwama-based freelance photojournalist Shri Kamran Yousuf and handed over to the National Investigation Agency,” the letter said. "Now therefore, a reply statement to this notice may please be filed within two weeks from the date of receipt of this letter to enable the further processing of the matter," the letter added.  Yousuf was detained by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on September 4. He was handed over to the NIA the next day.