Talks with Pakistan only on PoK, says Naidu


Team Udayavani, Sep 10, 2019, 7:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Bilateral talks with Pakistan will be held only on the issue of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday.

He said the dilution of Article 370 will accelerate the pace of development in Jammu and Kashmir as several central schemes and laws, which could not be implemented there earlier will be enforced, including the ones dealing with strengthening local bodies.

Interacting with a delegation of a ‘sarpanch’ (village heads) and ‘panch’ (panchayat members) from Jammu and Kashmir here, Naidu pointed out that Article 370 was only a temporary and transitory provision in the Constitution.

“The vice president said that talks with Pakistan would be held only on PoK and asserted that the safety, security and integrity of the nation were paramount for every Indian,” a statement issued by his secretariat after the interaction said.

Referring to the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections which were held under governor’s rule after a long gap, the vice president expressed happiness that 74 per cent of the electorate had voted.

He said with dilution of Article 370, panchayats will now become more dynamic “as the 3Fs — funds, functions and functionaries — would be devolved to them,” according to the statement.

During the interaction, the vice president also suggested that it should be made mandatory to hold elections to local bodies every five years.

“There should be no discretion or scope for the states to either postpone or advance them,” he said.

Top News

ASHA workers ‘manhandled’ during COVID-19 survey in Belagavi

A COVID-19 patient can infect 406 people in 30 days if preventive measures not in place: ICMR study

COVID-19: Govt mulling extending lockdown beyond April 14 after requests from states, experts

Congress’ K’taka unit opposes any proposal to cut govt employees’ salary

Crowd at Indira canteens missing after govt decision to charge for food: Siddaramaiah

Covid 19: State govt postpones mass marriage programme

‘Be infected with covid 19,’ lawyer curses judge after unfavourable verdict

Related Articles More

COVID-19: Speciality centre gets ready in Kasaragod in 4 days

A COVID-19 patient can infect 406 people in 30 days if preventive measures not in place: ICMR study

COVID-19: Govt mulling extending lockdown beyond April 14 after requests from states, experts

Lockdown: Muslims help perform last rites of Hindu neighbour

‘Be infected with covid 19,’ lawyer curses judge after unfavourable verdict

MUST WATCH

COVID-19: Police at frontline get protective face shield

9 Baje 9 min: People light candles, diyas to honour India’s fight against COVID-19

Covid 19: Cong forms dist-level task committee force

Heart of Gold: Helping the needy get free guidance – Dr. Padmanabha Kamath

COVID-19: 5-year-old donates piggy bank for CMRF

Latest Additions

4 new COVID-19 cases in Kasaragod

Former B’deshi army captain, convicted for assassinating Bangabandu, arrested

ASHA workers ‘manhandled’ during COVID-19 survey in Belagavi

COVID-19: Speciality centre gets ready in Kasaragod in 4 days

M’luru: 10 samples received for testing on Day 1 at Wenlock’s COVID-19 lab