Srinagar: The J&K domicile policy has caused an “outrage” among residents and “failed to impress” a majority of political parties.
The law is according to the wishes and aspirations of the people. After the abrogation of Article 370, there had been a demand that priority should be given to local youth in jobs and land rights should be protected.RsRavinder Raina, J&K BJP president
On Tuesday evening, the Union Government, almost eight months after scrapping Article 370, notified a domicile law for the J&K.
Leading the outrage against the policy was former chief minister Omar Abdullah who termed it an “insult to injury of the people as there were none of the promised protections.” “Talk about suspect timing. At a time when all our efforts and attention should be focused on the #COVID outbreak, the government slips in a new domicile law for J&K. Insult is heaped on injury when we see the law offers none of the protections that had been promised,” Omar said in series of tweets.
Apparently referring to J&K Apni Party, led by Altaf Bukhari, which met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah last month, Omar said the new law was so “hollow” that even politicians with “Delhi’s blessings” were forced to criticise it. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDD) termed the Central Government order as “frighteningly ambivalent, irresolute and akin to rubbing salt to people’s wounds.” PDP General Secretary and former MLC Surinder Choudhary said it seemed that the order had been deliberately issued at a time when the country as well as the UT was facing a dreadful threat due to the outbreak of Covid and the entire population was caged in their homes. He pitched for its immediate roll back. Apni Party president Bukhari too criticised the domicile order as an “ill-timed casual attempt,” carried out at bureaucratic level without taking aspirations and expectations of people into consideration. The party demanded that the order be put in abeyance till the Covid pandemic was over.
Meanwhile, the BJP was the only party happy with the domicile law. “We are happy that the Government of India has announced a separate domicile law for J&K,” J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina said, adding that “after the abrogation of Article 370, there had been a demand that priority should be given to local youth in jobs and land rights should be protected.” J&K Congress stated that the law was “against the interests” of local youth the UT. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, led by Sajjad Lone, said the order fell “way short of expectations, even for those who expected some relief, some reconciliation process.” (TNS)