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Kashmiri Pandit Organisations welcome New Land Laws

Prominent Kashmiri Pandit Organisations – Roots in Kashmir (RIK), Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM) and Youth for Panun Kashmir (Y4PK) have welcomed the Government’s new land laws with open arms.

The lead members of these organisations stated that this is a good initiative by the Government to extend the ownership rights across the Country. It is justice to the soldiers who fight for Kashmir and now will be able to be a part of it. Netri Bhat, a community activist told that this measure will lead to the concept of One Nation, One Law and One rule.

Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) has approved and praised this step. They feel now equal rights have been provided to every person of India. This will ensure rapid and equitable development and economic growth in the UT. They have urged the critics to shed their ideology because this move is going to be a game changer for the region.

Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) whole heartedly welcomes and applauds the moves of the Narendra Modi government to ensure equal and fair application of the right to property in Jammu and Kashmir.

For over 70 years now, residents of Jammu and Kashmir have enjoyed the right to property across India, including even the ability to acquire land for non-residential and farming purposes. However, this right has never been made available to residents of other Indian states with respect to acquiring property for residential usage in J&K.

Acquisition of land parcels for industrial and commercial usage had been made permissible and upheld by successive governments in the state including those led by PDP and NC.

Given the needs for ensuring rapid, equitable development of J&K, the move to allow investors to acquire land for residential purposes is a logical extension of the policies of earlier, popularly elected governments of the state.

The misuse of the ‘domicile’ and ‘permanent resident’ clause as a political weapon to ensure the dominance of a separatist ideology has been at the core of the problems of J&K.

The depraved and morally unconscionable practice of depriving those who have worked for the entire life in J&K from settling down in the state was the equivalent of ‘property apartheid’.

We are glad that equality and non-discrimination is now the policy approach in the UT of J&K.

GKPD applauds and congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers for the sagacity and wisdom of this move.

GKPD urges all critics of this move to shed their ideological, partisan blinkers that foist and provide oxygen to the separatist narrative that has led to Islamist terrorism in Kashmir Valley and led to the killing of thousands of innocent people including ordinary, hardworking Kashmiris.

The fact that agricultural land has been kept out of the ambit of the recent move and will continue to be available for acquisition only to residents of the state is an apt move to ensure that such land is not usurped for rapid and mindless urbanization.

The Jammu region has vast industrial and religious-tourism potential, and this move will lead to rapid economic development for the people of region too. GKPD is convinced that this move will be a big game changer to improve overall situation as large scale private investment is expected by big industrial houses, including KPs, which will boost industrial production in diversified fields and will open flood gates of vast opportunities to youth of UT to get skilled and employed.

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