STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Reiterating its demand of preserving cultural and ethnic identities of whole Jammu province after abrogation of Article 370, Team Jammu on Friday asked administration of Union Territory (UT) J&K to make institutional arrangements to project job and land-rights of people. Addressing a meeting of executive committee members of Team Jammu here today to discuss situation emerged after formal declaration of J&K as UT, Chairman, Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal expressed concern over prevailing uncertainty and chaos regarding job and land rights to locals. “It is high-time for the Government to remove apprehensions among people”, Zorawar Singh Jamwal said and demanded that interests of locals of Jammu province should be protected at any cost. “People of Jammu region have supported the steps taken by the Union Government after August 5 for complete integration of J&K with Indian Union but now it is responsibility of the Centre to address wishes and aspirations of nationalist people of J&K,” he said and reminded that central government has repeatedly assured to protect rights of people of Jammu region. He cautioned that ignoring interests of local youth would create alienation among nationalist people of Jammu. “To allay prevailing fear among people, there is a need to grant a domicile-like option on pattern of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh to protect interests of locals,” Zorawar Singh Jamwal said and stressed on the need for providing safeguards to protect economical as well as cultural identities of locals in newly carved UT. “The Centre has to take into consideration sentiments of Dogras while preparing final roadmap for UT of J&K. We demand a domicile and Article 371 on pattern of Himachal Pradesh to save identity of Dogras,” he said, adding, “To save the identity of Dogras and to prevent flooding of land-mafias and grabbers, an arrangement under Article 371 like (HP) and Eastern states should be adopted for both newly caved UTs,” he demanded. “Government should make institutional arrangement that a person or family can get domicile certificate after residing for a minimum period of 15-20 years in the State, that too with a record of good character and nationalism,” Team Jammu Chairman said, adding, “It will help conserving ‘Dogra Riyasat’ and ‘Dogra Virasat’ as it is the old-age tradition of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.” Others present on the occasion included Rajesh Kapoor, Chandan Datta, Akshay Gupta, Surinder Sharma, Sunil Raipuria, Sunil Gupta, Sanjay Verma, Ashok Kumar, Sardar Trilok Singh, Harsh Sharma, Bhanu Partap Singh, Sumit Dusgotra and Dr Ashish Gupta.
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