Abrogation of Art 370, 35A in J&K; Kartarpur corridor; COVID-19 management among top MHA achievements

New Delhi: Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, tackling terrorism and insurgency, steps taken for safety on women, and management of Covid 19 and natural calamities have been listed among the top achievement of Union Home Ministry during the past one year.
The Home Ministry said on Saturday “The removal of Article 370 and 35A brought Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at par with other States and Union territories (UTs).
By the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, 2019, J&K reorganized into Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the legislature, and Union Territory of Ladakh without legislature, on 31st October 2019, it said.
MHA also said that it successfully organised Amarnath Yatra 2019 where 3,42,883 Yatris had safe and secure Darshan, which was higher by nearly 20 percent compared to 2018.
Another achievement that the government has highlighted is the opening of Kartarpur Corridor.
Union Cabinet passed a resolution on November 22 in 2018 to celebrate the historic occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Devji with grandeur throughout the country and across the globe.
India signed the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor Agreement with Pakistan on October 24, 2019 allowing Indian pilgrims of all faiths to undertake year-round Visa-free travel to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib through Kartarpur Sahib Corridor – a long-standing demand of followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Ministry stated.
On Security front, the amendments made in the NIA Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act to make provision for strict action against terrorism and insurgency have also been listed as achievements of the ministry.
The Home Ministry also listed the establishment of Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust to oversee the construction of Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya following a Supreme Court order as a major achievement.
The ministry also listed containing the spread of deadly COVID19 through its proactive measures as its major achievement. The MHA said it was declared as notified disaster on March 14 for the purpose of providing assistance under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) placed at the disposal of respective State Governments and thereby augmenting their resources for the COVID management and for the welfare of the stranded migrant workers. The Ministry also played proactive role in handling cyclones like Vayu, Maha, Bulbul, and Amphan.