New Delhi, August 18: Seeking enactment of appropriate legislation to protect the interests of the educated unemployed youth as well as the poor farmers and landowners in the state of J&K, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister submitted a memorandum in Prime Minister’s Residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.
The memorandum reads as follows: “While hailing your bold initiative in scrapping Art 370 of the constitution along with the allied provisions, we wish to appraise 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 beside the civil society. While the revocation of the 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 the 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 the poor farmers of the state from being robbed of their lands by the 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 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. The people of the state had been the benefactors of the said provisions which however have come to end with the passing of “J&K Re-organization Act”.
Hon’ble Sir, 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 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 the 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 govt Jobs and from buying lands and other properties of poor people through distress sales”.
Harsh Dev further projected the concerns of the people over the demotion of the State to a Union Territory which had created huge demoralization and disenchantment among the masses.