SME Times News Bureau | 17 Aug, 2019
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who began a
three-nation tour to the Baltic region today, briefed the Lithuanian President,
Gitanas Nauseda on the recent decision of the Indian Government to abrogate
Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred Special Status upon Jammu and
He said that was taken to ensure all-round
development and extend benefits to the people of the newly-created Union
During a tete-a-tet with
Nauseda in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania on the first leg of his tour, the
Vice President asserted that the re-organization of Jammu &Kashmir was
aimed at reducing regional disparity and improving administrative efficiency.
He also informed the Lithuanian President that
more than 100 progressive legislations have now become applicable to the two
They include reservation of seats for women in
Panchayats (Local Self Governments), implementing child protection programs,
ensuring right to education for children and protecting women from domestic
He informed the Lithuanian President that Article
370 had enabled vested interests to create a climate of separatism and
establish linkages with terrorist groups. This atmosphere encouraged the
practice of cross-border terrorism.
He also told him that although large resources
were given to the state by the Union Government, there was no commensurate
Naidu explained that the reorganization of Jammu
and Kashmir was completely within the purview of the Government of India.
“We expect understanding from our international
partners that this decision concerns our national progress and prosperity. It
has equity and inclusion as the main objective”, he said.
Observing that terrorism was one of the major
challenges confronting the world today, he urged all the nations to intensify
their collective efforts and strive to eliminate the menace of terrorism and
also isolate nations which aid and abet terrorism.
The Vice President thanked the Government of
Lithuania for extending its support and solidarity in condemning the Pulwama
Both the dignitaries had extensive discussions on
important aspects of bilateral relationship as well as global and regional
issues of common interest. They renewed their commitment to further build on
the long-standing friendly ties between the two countries.
They also agreed on the need for the UN to
demonstrate a collective political will for early adoption of the Comprehensive
Convention on International Terrorism, which was proposed by India many years
They discussed the need for an early and
comprehensive reform of the United Nation’s Security Council to make it more
representative to reflect the realities of today and address current global
challenges. They agreed to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two
countries at the United Nations and other multilateral fora.
Both the dignitaries also discussed the huge
scope for expansion of commercial and economic ties. Shri Naidu said that India
was now among the fastest growing major economies in the world and wanted
Lithuanian businesses to take advantage of the opportunities available in
India. He praised Lithuania’s many achievements since achieving independence
almost 30 years back.
Expressing his happiness over the warm welcome
and hospitality accorded to him and the Indian delegation by the people of
Lithuania, Shri Naidu said that both the countries have civilizational links
that go back centuries. “Lithuanian is the oldest Indo-European language and it
has strong links with Sanskrit”, he added.