The Central Government on Friday, 28th February, approved an order to adopt 37 central laws in the concurrent list which were for all these decades not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir due to Article 370. The move comes 6 months after abrogation of Article 370 and re-organisation of Jammu & Kashmir as a Union Territory. These laws will now be as applicable in the new UT of Jammu & Kashmir as they are to whole country.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar informed the media after the order was passed by the cabinet headed by PM Modi. Interacting with the media, he said that the decision was taken with an aim to ensure administrative effectiveness and smooth transition in the Union Territory.
The adaptation of these central laws will be under Section 96 of the J&K Re-organisation Act, 2019, which reorganized the erstwhile state into two UTs, Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one. President Ram Nath Kovind’s gave his assent to the Act on August 9, 2019, four days after Parliament passed it.
The list of 37 Central Acts which will now be applicable in UT of Jammu and Kashmir too are:
THE ADVOCATES ACT, 1961.
THE ALL INDIA SERVICES ACT, 1951.
THE ANCIENT MONUMENTS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES AND REMAINS ACT, 1958.
THE CENSUS ACT, 1948.
THE CENTRAL GOODS AND SERVICES TAX ACT, 2017.
THE CINEMATOGRAPH ACT, 1952.
THE COLLECTION OF STATISTICS ACT, 2008.
THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ACT, 1952.
THE DENTISTS ACT, 1948.
THE FAMILY COURTS ACT, 1984.
THE GOVERNMENT SECURITIES ACT, 2006.
THE HIGH COURT JUDGES (SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICES) ACT,1954.
THE HOMEOPATHY CENTRAL COUNCIL ACT, 1973.
THE IMMORAL TRAFFIC (PREVENTION) ACT,1956.
THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961.
THE INDIAN MEDICINE CENTRAL COUNCIL ACT, 1970.
THE INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE, 2016.
THE REAL ESTATE (REGULATION AN DEVELOPMENT) ACT, 2016 .
THE NATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ACT,1962.
THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT, 1963.
THE PRESS AND REGISTRATION OF BOOKS ACT, 1867.
THE PRESS COUNCIL ACT, 1978.
THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, 1993.
THE PUBLIC DEBT ACT, 1944.
THE RAILWAY PROPERTY (UNLAWFUL POSSESSION) ACT, 1966.
THE SECURITIZATION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF FINANCIAL ASSETS AND ENFORCEMENT OF SECURITY INTEREST ACT, 2002.
THE TEXTILES COMMITTEE ACT, 1963.
THE COURT-FEES ACT, 1870.
THE INDIAN FOREST ACT, 1927.
THE LIMITATION ACT, 1963.
THE PREVENTION OF CORRUPTION ACT, 1988.
THE REPRESENTATION OF PEOPLE ACT, 1950.
THE RIGHT TO FAIR COMPENSATION AND TRANSPARENCY IN LAND ACQUISITION, REHABILITATION AND RESETTLEMENT ACT, 2013.
THE ARBITRATION AND CONCILIATION ACT, 1996.
THE CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, 1908.
THE INDIAN PENAL CODE, 1860.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE, 1973