Chandigarh: Addressing a public rally in Jind, Haryana; Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah said that with the removal of Article 370, the Government has fulfilled Sardar Patel’s dream of a united India. This was a step that previous governments did not take, but now, with this step taken, Kashmir becomes an integral part of India. Shah said that the Government of the day has fulfilled the dream of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji with the abrogation of Article 370.
He also said that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A is a big step forward for the unity and integrity of India. Moreover, this step has removed all obstacles in the path of holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Shah emphasized that such a courageous step can be taken only by those who think in terms of national interest. Shah praised the removal of Article 370 by 370 votes as a historic one by the Parliament.
Focusing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff, Shri Shah said that the creation of the post will ensure greater synergy among forces. He hailed the decision as a force multiplier for India’s armed forces.
Shah further praised PM-KISAN scheme, which provides minimum income support up to ₹6,000 per year to all farmers. He also applauded the Government’s pension scheme for small retail traders as an unprecedented step. Speaking on the newly created Jal Shakti Mantralaya, Shah said that the creation of such a ministry will harmonize and coordinate all efforts for water conservation and water resource augmentation.
Praising the Haryana Government’s successful efforts to reverse the decline in sex ratio, Shah said that Manhoar Lal Khattar Government’s successful implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has led to an increase in the state’s sex ratio from 871 to 918 in three years. Shah commended the Haryana Government for ensuring increased remuneration for ASHA and aanganwadi workers. He also hailed the government’s decision to increase remuneration to the families of martyrs from rupees 20 lakh to 50 lakh. He congratulated Khattar for ensuring 24×7 state-wide availability of electricity and the successful implementation of the policy of providing two times the MSP to farmers.