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37 central Acts applicable to J&K, Cabinet gives nod

The central government today gave its nod to an order to adopt 37 central laws in Concurrent List to make them applicable in the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

Talking to mediapersons after the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Modi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the decision was taken with an aim to ensure administrative effectiveness and smooth transition in the UT.

“All Central laws that are applicable to whole of India except the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir before the appointed date of October 31, 2019, are now applicable to Union Territory of J&K,” said Javadekar.

The adaptation of these central laws will be under Section 96 of the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, which reorganised the erstwhile state into two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one — and got President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on August 9, 2019, four days after Parliament passed it. — TNS

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