STATE TIMES NEWSNEW DELHI: Seeking enactment of appropriate legislation to protect interests of educated unemployed youth as well as poor farmers and land owners in J&K, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh submitted a memorandum at Prime Minister’s residence, 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi on Sunday. The memorandum reads, “While hailing your bold initiative in scrapping Art 370 of the constitution along with the allied provisions, we wish to apprise your honour 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. While the revocation of pernicious separatist clause in the constitution is being widely appreciated, the civil society and educated youth have bonafide apprehensions, which need to be addressed in the larger interests of general masses. These relate to land alienation issues and employment prospects in the State which have become vulnerable in view of abrogation of State laws in respect thereof. Needless to mention that Maharaja Hari Singh had enacted state subject laws in the State of J&K so as to give protection to poor farmers of the state from being robbed of their lands by powerful land mafia from outside the state and rich non-state subjects who could exploit their poverty to grab their agricultural fields. The J&K laws had further restricted employment of outsiders in J&K so that the local youth alone could be eligible for jobs created in the state. The people of the state had been the benefactors of said provisions, which however have come to end with the passing of ‘J&K Re-organisation Act’. Sir, if outsiders are allowed to apply for already negligible jobs in the state of J&K, the local educated youth shall be the greatest sufferers. Such an arrangement would most adversely operate against them and deprive them of the existing opportunities, whatsoever, 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 local youth without the same being opened to the rest of the country. A domicile law, therefore, needs to be enacted so that the outsiders could be barred from participating in selections for Government jobs and from buying lands and other properties of poor people through distress sales”. Harsh further projected the concerns of people over demotion of the State to a Union Territory, which had created huge demoralisation and disenchantment among masses in the region.
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