India, Sept. 16 -- The Centre said on Tuesday that the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have been fully integrated into the mainstream and the decision to revoke the region's special status over a year back "brought about socio-economic development", even as the government continues to face criticism from the Opposition over the August 5 move.

Responding to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi's query, in which he asked about the impact of the decision to revoke the special status and bifurcate the erstwhile state of J-K into two UTs, Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy told the Lok Sabha that benefits of all central laws were now available to the region.

On August 5 last year, Parlia...