Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the Rajya Sabha on various issues on the third day of the winter session of Parliament on November 20. Shah told the Parliament that the situation is “fully normal” in Jammu and Kashmir and a decision on lifting the internet curbs in the valley, will be taken soon.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad highlighted the issue of the internet being stopped in J&K and the plight of people in the Valley. Azad said “Schools and colleges have been opened, but there is negligible attendance. There is no provision to ensure students are able to commute from school to their homes safely.”
Replying to the question by Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Amit Shah defended the internet ban in the Valley and added that further decision will be reviewed by the local administration.
Amit Shah said, “I acknowledge that it is a valid question, but let me begin by reminding that in 2003, it was the BJP-led NDA government which introduced mobile phones in J&K, If you remember, back then even the internet had been delayed in the state.”
“The decision on internet connectivity can be taken only after taking all security parameters into account. We all know how neighbouring countries play a factor; this decision can only be taken after scrutinizing all possible areas of risk”, Amit Shah added.
In reply to the security of students in schools and colleges, Amit Shah said “Thousands of schools have already opened either partially or fully. TV networks and TV channels are working just as it is everywhere else, Newspapers are printed and distributed just as they used to.”
“Not a single person has died in police firing since August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir” said Amit Shah.
Amit Shah also spoke about the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Rajya Sabha. He said, “Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jain, Christians, Parsi refugees should get citizenship, that is why Citizenship Amendment Bill is needed so that these refugees who are being discriminated on the basis of religion in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, get Indian citizenship”.
“The NRC has no such provision which says that no other religion will be taken under NRC. All citizens of India irrespective of religion will come to the NRC list. The NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill,” Amit Shah added.