Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday addressed the Rajya Sabha on the issue of Kashmir. He said, “As far as internet services are concerned, the decision can be taken by the Jammu and Kashmir authorities. There are activities by Pakistan too in Kashmir region, so keeping security in mind, whenever the local authority deems it fit, a decision will be taken.”
While talking about the medical services, Amit Shah said, “Availability of medicines is adequate, there is no problem. Mobile medicine vans have also started. The administration has taken care of health services.” Adding, he said “Availability of petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG and rice is adequate. 22 lakh metric ton apples are expected to be produced. All landlines are open.”
Meanwhile, the Home Minister challenged the leader of opposition. He said, “I challenge Ghulam Nabi Azad sahab to counter these facts which I presented, why don’t you object to these figures on record? I am willing to discuss this issue for even an hour.”
While presenting the current scenario of Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah said: “All Urdu/English newspapers and TV channels are functioning; banking services are fully functional as well. All Government offices and all Courts are open. Block development council elections were held, 98.3% polling was recorded.”
“After August 5 (abrogation of Artice 370 in J&K) not even a single person has died in police firing. People in this house were predicting bloodshed but I am happy to inform that no one has died in police firing. Incidents of stone pelting have declined,” said Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, he raised the issue of NRC and said: “Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Parsi refugees should get citizenship, which is why Citizenship Amendment Bill is needed so that these refugees who are being discriminated on basis of religion in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, get Indian citizenship.”
“NRC (National Register of Citizens of India) has no such provision which says that no other religion will be taken under NRC. All citizens of India irrespective of religion will figure in the NRC list. The NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill,” he added.