Srinagar: To calm the apprehensions of the locals in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, government is likely to bring a new law to protect their land rights, PTI reported quoting unnamed officials.
“Land rights for the locals in Jammu and Kashmir are coming up. Work is on for enacting a new law that will allay all fears of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” an official privy to the development was quoted by the report having said.
“The new law is expected to be enacted in Parliament. Once the legislation is passed by Parliament, the fear of losing rights over land will be over in Jammu and Kashmir,” the official said.
Since there is no legislature in the Union Territory as no election was held since the bifurcation of the erstwhile state, a bill to this effect will be introduced in Parliament.
The fears of Jammu and Kashmir domicile people about the settlement of outsiders in the UT arose after the government abrogated Article 370 on August 5 last year. The step ended the exclusive rights of the locals over lands or immovable property and jobs.
In April, the Union Home Ministry had reversed its order on new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir within a week after the amendment triggered protests in the Valley.
Under the revised order issued on April 3, only domicile residents of the union territory will be eligible for government jobs.
Earlier, in the order issued on March 31, the home ministry had reserved jobs for domicile residents only in Group D and non-entry gazetted government posts. This meant that people from any part of the country could apply for jobs in the higher categories.
Under the new definition of domicile, a person residing here for at least 15 years will be eligible to be a permanent resident of the union territory. The new notification also extends domicile rights to central government employees who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for 10 years and also to their children.
With inputs from PTI
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