11 More Central Laws Extended To J&K, Changes Made In 10 State Laws

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SRINAGAR: The Centre has issued a notification having two orders specifying that 11 Central laws will immediately come into effect in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir while nomenclature of 10 state laws will be changed in view of the change of status of the erstwhile state into union territory (UT).

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the two orders would be called as the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Second and Third Order, 2020.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (34 of 2019), and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the Central government hereby makes the following order in respect of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the notification, signed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, read.

Among the Central laws which will now come into effect in Jammu and Kashmir are: Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019; Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996; Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970; Factories Act, 1948; Industrial Disputes Act, 1947; and Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946.=

Other Central laws which will also be applicable in the union territory are: Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961; Pharmacy Act, 1948; Sales Promotion Employees Act, 1976; Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014; and Trade Unions Act, 1926.

The notification said an order had been issued for the change of names and certain words in some of the state laws enacted by the Assembly of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“With immediate effect, the Acts mentioned in the schedule to this order shall, until repealed or amended by a competent legislature or other competent authority, have effect, subject to the adaptations and modifications directed by the said schedule, or if it is so directed, shall stand repealed,” it said.

It said, “Where this order requires that in any specified section or other portion of an Act, certain words shall be substituted for certain other words, or the certain words shall be omitted, such substitution or omission, as the case may be, shall, except where it is otherwise expressly provided, be made wherever the words referred to occur in that section or portion.”

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