New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday assured that Article 371 which grants special provisions to the North East will not be scrapped by the Centre.
“I want to clarify the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Narendra Modi government is committed to Article 371 — from A to J. There is no question of any alteration to it,” said Shah. While Article 370 is temporary in nature, Article 371 is all about special provisions for the North East and that there is a vast difference between the two, noted the BJP leader.
Addressing the 68th plenary session of the North East Council, Shah asserted, “I have clarified in Parliament that this is not going to happen and I am saying it again today in the presence of eight chief ministers of North East that the Centre will not touch Article 371.” He also said, “After abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, there were attempts to misinform and misguide the people of North East that Article 371 would also be scrapped by the Centre.”
Last month, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh had also said that the recently-abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was detrimental and has absolutely no correlation with Article 371. According to Singh, Article 371 was incorporated primarily with a focus on the development of the northeastern region and preservation of the cultural heritage. He noted that Article 370, on the other hand, was incorporated as a ‘temporary’ provision and deprived the state of Jammu and Kashmir of a large number of welfare laws and provisions of the Indian Constitution which could otherwise be in the interest of the people.