Minister of State for Prime Minister's office Dr. Jitendra Singh on November 14 called Article 370 an 'aberration' and also labeled it as a 'miscarriage of justice'. Dr. Jitendra Singh made the comment while addressing a group of students from Delhi University. According to a press release by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, "Dr. Jitendra Singh has said Article 370 was regressive and had led the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir into economic deprivation. Terming Article 370 as an “aberration” and calling it a “miscarriage of justice”, he said several path-breaking Central Laws including Ban on Child Marriages, anti-dowry legislation, Right To Education, Minimum Wages Act and the Triple Talaq ban were not implemented in the State."
Dr. Jitendra Singh also took to his official Twitter handle and shared of him addressing the students of the Delhi University.
Adding further the minister also called the scrapped article providing special status to the valley to be against daughters’ right to equality. He said, " Article 35A also was against daughters’ right to equality by depriving them of Inheritance Rights. There was a rampant violation of the Human Rights of Girl Child as Child Marriages were not banned in the state, besides polygamy was also prevalent."
He also reiterated the Central government's claim that the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are moving towards fast development. Dr. Singh said, "The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned two AIIMS for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir — the only state or Union Territory in the country with two AIIMS. Besides, nine medical colleges and an IIT and IIM are being set up in Jammu and Kashmir. The government also proposes to set up apple, strawberry and cherry parks that will give a boost to the horticulture sector in the newly created Union Territory."
During his address, he even spoke about three decades of terror activities in the valley. "Three decades of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir had severely crippled the region’s economy. Tourism was on the decline and filmmakers had deserted the region’s scenic locations”, he said. “We will hopefully wipe out terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir by next year”, he added.