Putting all speculations to rest, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said nobody will be allowed to tamper with the special status of the state enshrined in the Indian constitution under article 370.”Nobody will be allowed to fiddle with J&K’s Special Status. Article-370 is our strength and honour. We enter this august House by swearing on the State Constitution and it is empowering for all irrespective of the party groupings,” Mehbooba said while intervening during the reply of a question on New Industrial Policy in the Legislative Council.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mehbooba said new Industrial Policy is completely in tune with the Industrial Policy promulgated by the then chief minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1975.”Nobody should harbour any misconception that there is any threat to J&K’s special status by the industrial policy. We have decided to review the policy to remove any misconceptions in this regard,” she said.Under the special status enshrined in the Indian constitution under article 370, Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country which has a separate constitution, flag and penal code.Earlier in December last year Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi of Jammu and Kashmir high court had ruled that Article 370 enshrined in the Constitution of India cannot be abrogated, repealed or even amended, and observed that replacing post of ‘Sadar-e-Riyasat’ (president of state) by Governor (in 1965) was “not within the amending power of the state legislature”.Opposition parties have been gunning for the Mehbooba-led government for what they said was diluting the article 370 by introducing industrial policy which could pave way for non-state subjects to own land in the state.”Corporate houses like NHPC and various cellular companies operating in Jammu and Kashmir have been asked to adopt at least one ITI or polytechnic to train the local youth in specific trades so that they get employment locally. We want to partner with the industry to train people, certify them and offer them jobs,” Mehbooba said.

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Special status under article 370 our strength, says Mehbooba Mufti