AFSPA Revocation, Cover story 1 April 2024

AFSPA Revocation

News Kashmir Analysis
Peace is paramount for progress of any concerned society.  It is heartening to note that peace and prosperity is limping back in Kashmir after decades of turmoil and terror.
The new look Kashmir is witnessing huge number of tourists and youth of Jammu and Kashmir are bringing national and global laurels.
In a bright development, it is learnt recently that esteemed
Union Home Minister Amit Shah  said that the Centre is planning to revoke the AFSPA Act and pull back some troops from Jammu and Kashmir.
With Lok Sabha elections approaching, Home Minister Amit Shah also said that the government will leave law and order to the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
In an interview  Amit Shah said, “We have plans to pull back troops and leave law and order to the Jammu and Kashmir Police alone.
The AFSPA gives armed forces personnel, operating in disturbed areas “special powers” like arresting individuals they find suspicious, and doing encounters if they deem it necessary for the maintenance of “law and order”.
An area or district is notified as disturbed under the AFSPA to facilitate the operations of the armed forces.
As a matter of fact, December 2023, The Supreme Court directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir by September 30, 2024, as it upheld the government’s 2019 decision to scrap Article 370.
Centre has made it clear that elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held before September deadline of Supreme Court.
Enshrining democracy in Jammu and Kashmir is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise and it will be fulfilled. However, this democracy will not be confined to three families alone and will be a people’s democracy,”  Union Home Minister Amit Shah said.
Expert pulse suggests that AFSPA removal in Jammu and Kashmir suggests peace is heralding in a major manner and the progress would be further cemented on grassroots.
Other developmental are also heralding
OBC reservations have been made in the panchayats and the urban local bodies. We have made space for the SCs and the STs. Without reducing the share of the Gujjar and Bakarwals, the Pahadis have been given 10 per cent reservation. And special provisions have been made to accommodate the displaced people from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. (PoK).. The Centre is determined to ensure that these benefits percolate to the grassroots level,” HM Amit Shah said.
It is great thing to note that
Since the Abrogation of Article 370, militancy related incidents have declined in the J&K, paving the way for the Centre to consider the need to remove AFSPA in the region.