New Delhi: Dr Jitendra Singh, who has just taken charge as Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has said that the government has started a debate on the abrogation of Article 370, which gives special status and autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir.
While speaking to CNN-IBN, Jitendra Singh said, "Article 370 has done more harm. Youth of Kashmir has to be convinced about this. That's why honourable PM has called for a debate."
CNN-IBN: Is your government serious about removing Article 370?
Jitendra said, "Article 370 has done more harm. Youth of Kashmir has to be convinced about this. That's why honourable PM has called for a debate."
Jitendra Singh: Article 370 has done more harm. Youth of Kashmir has to be convinced about this. That's why honourable PM has called for a debate. Having a debate doesn't mean we have deviated from what we promised. It just means convincing those who are not convinced.
CNN-IBN: So you have started speaking to the stake holders?
Jitendra Singh: Yes
CNN-IBN: Have you started speaking to them about abrogating article 370?
Jitendra Singh: Yes. For most of all the youth it's more of a psychological barrier. Youth of Kashmir valley is beginning to see merit in our argument.
CNN-IBN: Am I right in understanding that you have started the process of talking to stake holders to remove the Article 370? Have you spoken to Omar and Mehbooba Mufti?
Jitendra Singh: For us all stake holders are responsible. Even Nehru had said in the Parliament that Article 370 will be a transient provision. It's no longer required. Constitution says it's temporary.
CNN-IBN: Timeline for removing the article 370?
Jitendra Singh: We are working very democratically.
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