Harsh Dev pleads for domicile law in J&K

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Aug 18: Seeking enactment of appropriate legislation to protect the interests of the educated unemployed youth as well as the poor farmers and land owners in J&K, NPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh submitted a memorandum in Prime Minister’s Residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg here today.
While lauding the bold initiative in scrapping Art 370 of the constitution along with the allied provisions, NPP leader apprised the PM about the genuine concerns and apprehensions of the people which have become a hot topic of discussion amongst the literary and intellectual circles besides the civil society. He said the revocation of the pernicious separatist clause in the Constitution is being widely appreciated, but the civil society and educated youth have bonafide apprehensions which need to be addressed in the larger interests of the general masses. These relate to land alienation issues and employment prospects in the State.
He pointed out that Maharaja Hari Singh had enacted state subject laws in the state of J&K so as to give protection to the poor farmers of the state from being robbed of their lands by powerful land mafia from outside the state and rich non- state subjects. The J&K laws had further restricted the employment of outsiders in the state of J&K so that the local youth alone could be eligible for jobs created in the state.
If the outsiders are allowed to apply for the already negligible jobs in the state of J&K, the local educated youth shall be the greatest sufferers. Such an arrangement would deprive them of the existing opportunities of absorption in civil services. The concern of the unemployed youth is most genuine and they would like the jobs of J&K to be restricted to the local youth.
He demanded that a domicile law therefore, needs to be enacted so that the outsiders could be barred from participating in selections for Govt jobs and from buying lands and other properties of poor people through distress sales.