Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs - 2019

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Centre Bans Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir)

The Central Government has banned the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir) for a period of 5 years due to the outfit’s ‘close touch’ with the militants. The decision of banning the outfit was taken to avoid escalation of the secessionist movement in J&K.

Jamaat-e-Islami

  • Jamaat-e-Islami is a socio-political and religious organisation founded in 1945 by Islamic theologian and socio-political philosopher Abul Ala Maududi.
  • After the partition, the organization broke into two groups, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
  • Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir) is a drift away organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The drift was due to the difference in political ideology.
  • Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir) showed pro-Pakistan leaning when militancy was rising in J&K.
  • Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir) was also the founder members of Hurriyat (Separatist) Conference but later distanced from even though it maintained the separatist stand on Kashmir.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification of ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The notification mentions that “The Jamaat-e-Islami (Jammu and Kashmir), has been indulging in activities, which are prejudicial to internal security and public order, and have the potential of disrupting the unity and integrity of the country. Hence in regard to the activities of the JeI, it is necessary to declare the JeI to be an unlawful association with immediate effect.”

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India to stop its share of water flowing into Pakistan

The Minister of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari has said that India would fully utilise its share of unused water from rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej that has been flowing into Pakistan. The comment was made by the Minister in the backdrop of the Pulwama Terror attack which took the life of 40 CRPF soldiers.

The step towards utilising the share of India under the Indus water treaty is in the line of the steps taken by the government to corner and pressurise Pakistan to act against the perpetrators of terrorism operating from Pakistan. Earlier India had taken steps like withdrawal of MNF status to Pakistan and had increased the customs duties on imports from Pakistan.

Utilisation of Full Share

To utilise its full share of water, India would divert the water from the eastern rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej) to the border states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

India has initiated the construction of a dam on the Ravi river, the Shahpur-Kandi project in Punjab.

The Ujh project Multipurpose Project in Kathua district would store water for use in Jammu and Kashmir. River Ujh is the main tributary of river Ravi. The balance water would flow through 2nd Ravi-BEAS Link to provide water to other basin states.

The government would also fast-track these dam constructions to block the unutilised water through three projects at Shahpur-Kandi and a second Sutlej-Beas link in Punjab and the Ujh dam in Jammu and Kashmir.

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