New land laws double assault on J&K’s history, future: NC

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Nov 4: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) today said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir see the changes to land laws as a double assault on their political history as well as their future, saying the party will continue to strive for restoring honor and dignity of people.
Party’s general secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar and provincial president, Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani said this while presiding over a monthly review meeting with party’s zone presidents, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ali Mohammad Dar, Dr. Bashir Veeri, vice provincial presidents, Mohammad Syed Akhoon, Syed Tauqeer and district presidents, Altaf Kaloo, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Gh Mohiudin Mir, GR Naaz, Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, Abdul Ahad Dar and Showkat Hussain here at party head quarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar. Provincial secretary, Showkat Mir, Women’s Wing PP Sabiya Qadri, JS Azad, GH Rahi, GN Tailbali were also present.
While interacting with the functionaries party general secretary said new land laws clear the decks for the revival of neo-Jagirdari system in J&K. He said that with no bar on the maximum land holding, the Government has opened the floodgates for big corporations to buy large chunks of land. The new land laws, he said serve the purpose of big businesses at the cost of locals, he added.
“New land law notification and nullification of State’s own land laws has become a pivot which has united the people of Jammu and Kashmir. From a socialistic political entity, J&K through successive executive orders and notifications has been shorn of its prized emancipative political history. The wanton curtailment of the rights of people of J&K is going unabated, the latest land laws is a point in case. The State’s own land laws represented the collective will of the people of J&K which they had exercised by choosing their legislatures; however the laws, 12 in number were done away with by a stroke of an executive order devoid of democratic bearings. The changes reveal the deflection of New Delhi on its solemn promises it had made to the people of J&K from time to time,” he said.
Party’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani, while addressing the functionaries said that a year after the unconstitutional rescinding of the State’s status, the socio-economic situation of its people has worsened as never before. He said the deteriorating governance and administration in J&K gives credence to the widespread belief of people that it is land only that matters to the incumbent ruling dispensation at New Delhi. The new lands laws, he said reeks of discrimination.