Abrogation of Article 370 will benefit J&K, Ladakh: President

New Delhi, Aug 14: In his address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said that the recent changes in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh would benefit the residents of the region.

Referring to the withdrawal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories, the President said it will help the people of J&K and Ladakh reap the same benefits, and enjoy the same rights and same facilities availed by other parts of the country.

“…I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country,” said President Kovind.

IAS-officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal was detained at the Delhi Airport today and stopped from flying abroad. Faesal, a vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government’s decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state, was sent back to Srinagar. The politician had said on Twitter on Tuesday that Kashmir “needed a non-violent political mass movement for restoration of political rights”.

The Centre is providing basic facilities in order to help every citizen of the country, underlined the President. “Nation-building – a continuous process, of which Independence was a key milestone – requires every institution and every stakeholder to work in tandem, to work in harmony and to work in togetherness. Nation-building is about creating that optimal partnership between voters and their representatives, between citizens and their government, and between civil society and state,” said the President.

“We complete 72 years as a free nation at a very special juncture. In a few weeks from now, on 2nd October, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the guiding light of our successful effort to liberate our nation,” said President Kovind.

This year also marks the 550th birth anniversary of one of the greatest, wisest and most influential Indians of all time Guru Nanak Dev ji. He was the founder of Sikhism but the reverence and respect he commands go far beyond just our Sikh brothers and sisters.

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