GoI should come up with Domicile Law on land rights in J&K: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar, Sep 30, KDC: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday stressed on the government of India to come up with a foolproof domicile law for protection of land rights for the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir without any further delay.

Addressing a party meeting at The Bund in Lal Chowk Srinagar, Bukhari said that though appreciable but there is still a need to address some anomalies with regard to qualifying period in the modified version of Domicile law for jobs so as to make it immune to any judicial review.

He said the Apni Party will pursue vigorously for the Domicile rights on land for the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. “Apni Party is committed to ensure that all the permanent residents of J&K get their full rights reserved on all types of land and immovable properties in the shape of a comprehensive domicile law on lands,” he remarked. 

The meeting was attended by Ghulam Hassan Mir, Senior Vice President, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas vice president, general secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, provincial president Kashmir Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Javid Baig spokesman and others. 

Referring to the suffering of people across J&K, Bukhari said that there is a huge disconnect between people and the administration. “Since there is no popular government in place which could have been accountable before the public, most of the bureaucrats are callous and are hardly bothered about miseries of the people. People have realized that an elected government, how much worse it may be, is still better than the Governor’s rule,” he added.

Bukhari reiterated his demand for restoration of Statehood and release of all political detainees for making a conducive atmosphere in J&K. “Statehood is essential to address the woes of people who feel more alienated with the Governor rule. The government of India should not only restore the Statehood but initiate a democratic process to address this growing disenchantment among the people,” he demanded. 

He expressed deep concern on the rising number of deaths due to COVID and urged the J&K government to address the mismanagement of patients in hospitals especially in Jammu region. “The government should ensure round the clock oxygen supplies as a significant number of deaths are reported to due to lack of oxygen supplies,” he added.

Speaking on the recent economic package of Rs 1350 Cr Bukhari termed it as a good beginning but sought liberal funding for the revival of shattered economy in J&K.  Similarly, he demanded immediate implementation of government policy on regularization of daily wagers, casual workers, consolidated, contingency paid, ITI trained, NHM, NYC, HDF and adhoc employees recruited by previous regimes.

Bukhari also demanded adequate compensation including jobs for three Rajouri families and punishment to guilty and immediate conclusion of probe in Sopore incident in a transparent manner so as to address the alienation among the people.

He also demanded a revised and comprehensive policy for ensuring protection of minor mineral rights for residents of J&K. Bukhari urged the government to chalk out a comprehensive policy to ensure the basic rights of permanent residents of J&K are nsures on their natural resources. He was referring to the plight of lakhs of families associated with the mining activities across J&K.

Emphasizing the importance of regional road connectivity in revival of economy, Bukhari stressed on opening of all regional connectivity links including Kishtawar-Sinthan road and Mughal Road besides keeping Srinagar-Jammu National Highway open for round the clock movement of people particularly fruit and vegetable laden trucks.

He also called on the J&K government to ensure availability of buffer stock of essential commodities, ration, fuel, LPG and electricity transformers, conductor wires, poles etc in Kashmir Valley for the coming winter. (KDC)

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