The Union Cabinet has issued an order dated 26 February, for the implementation of 37 Central Laws in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure administrative effectiveness and remove ambiguity in implementation of these laws in line with the Constitution of India.
‘Adaptation of 37 Central Acts with such modifications would ensure administrative effectiveness in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and remove ambiguity in implementation of these laws in line with the Constitution of India,” the order stated.
Earlier, on 5 August 2019, the government announced for abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of Indian Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir which granted special status to the state and further has bifurcated it into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, respectively.
The Union Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar after the cabinet meeting has announced in a press conference regarding the approval of the proposal for the implementation of 37 Central Laws that are made applicable to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the exercise of its powers conferred under Section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
As per sources, Mr. Prakash further stated that the laws will also be extended to the Union Territory of Ladakh, shortly depending upon the requirement.
Nonetheless, the Central Government as well as the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Government have already mentioned the implementation of 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments of India in Jammu and Kashmir, to empower Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies. Further, the stringent Anti-Corruption Laws have also been implemented in the Union Territory.