J&K BJP to suggest domicile option for land rights, Union govt also considering protection of property

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J&K BJP to suggest domicile option for land rights, Union govt also considering protection of property

Amid fear that scrapping of Article 370 will devalue land rights in Jammu Kashmir, BJP leader Nirmal Singh assured a domicile-like option will soon be suggested to Union Government. The centre is already exploring limitations to ensure local rights will not be usurped.

"Soon, we are going to propose domicile-like option for Jammu and Kashmir. Their interest shall be protected. Like in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, agricultural land cannot be bought. This option is also in the mind of the union government," said Nirmal Singh.

Nirmal Singh also said that now private sector will be encouraged in J&K. He was confident the misuse will not be possible and instead, benefit landowners.

"Only if someone wants to sell land, will it be bought. Fear has been created that all land will be usurped and outsiders settle. I can assure this will not happen. Kashmir leaders can welcome terrorists and Pakistan narrative but why not industries?" asked former deputy CM of the state.

The state, soon-to-be union territory, has always had few employment opportunities.

"Not more than 6 percent people had government jobs. 90 percent out of it went to Kashmir residents. Now, there will be more opportunities for all," he added.

"Special privileges were only for few (political) families. Jammu, Ladakh, Gujjars, Bakerwals, Valmikis were discriminated. What did a special identity give to the state?" asked Singh.

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