New Delhi, Feb
26: The Central 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.
After coming into
force of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 the erstwhile State of
Jammu & Kashmir has been reorganized into Union territory of Jammu and
Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh on w.e.f 31st October 2019.
All the Central
Laws which are applicable to the whole of India except the erstwhile State of Jammu
and Kashmir before appointed date i.e. 31.10.2019 are now applicable to Union
territory of Jammu and Kashmir w.e.f. 31.10.2019. Further, it is necessary to
adapt the Central Laws made under the Concurrent List, with required
modifications and amendments, for ensuring administrative effectiveness and
smooth transition with respect to the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir
thereby removing any ambiguity in their application in line with the
Constitution of India.
As per section 96
of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, 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
Cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday has approved the proposal for issuance of
an order by the Central Government for adaptation and modifications of 37 such
Central Laws that are made applicable to Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir
in the exercise of its powers conferred under Section 96 of the Jammu and
Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Adaptation of above Central Acts with such
modifications would ensure administrative effectiveness in the Union territory
of Jammu and Kashmir and remove ambiguity in the implementation of these laws
in line with the Constitution of India.