Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday told the Parliament that the Narendra Modi government had scrapped Article 370 of the Consitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
What happens to Jammu and Kashmir without its special status?
The IPC comes into force
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) will replace the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) to deal with criminal matters and Article 356, under which President’s rule can be imposed in any state, will also be applicable in union territories (UTs) Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh with the unprecedented decision of the Centre.
No separate flag
There will be no separate flag of Jammu and Kashmir and the tricolour will be the only national flag for the entire country, a Home Ministry official said.
No separate constitution
There will be no separate Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian Constitution will govern the two union territories to be created.
Till now, in the case of the state government failing to function, Governor’s rule in J&K was imposed by invoking Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir for a period of six months and was further extendable by imposing President’s rule, an official told PTI.
With the revocation of Article 370, Article 356 can be invoked and President’s rule can be imposed right way in case of need.
5-year tenure for assembly
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislative assembly will have a tenure of five years like all the states and UTs of Delhi and Puducherry. Till now, the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly had a tenure of six years.
Centre can declare financial emergency if needed
The government can also invoke Article 360 in the two UTs to declare financial emergency if need arises.
RTI in force
Henceforth, the Right to Information (RTI) Act will be applicable to the new UTs to be created, the official said.
(With PTI inputs)