'Amendment to J&K domicile order cosmetic measure'

J&K political parties on Saturday termed the amendment to the new domicile order for reserving all government jobs in the Union Territory to the domiciles of the Union Territory as “cosmetic measure.”

Cosmetic measure, says NC

National Conference spokesperson, Imran Nabi Dar said the amendments were “cosmetic in nature”. “Instead of directly applying for the jobs, the non-state subjects will first be doled out a domicile certificate and then allowed to apply for jobs,” Imran said. “There is not an iota of doubt that domicile law will change the demography of J&K and will essentially rob people of J&K of their rights,” Imran said.

He said government of India’s silence over land rights in J&K was “suspicious” as the domicile law was non-committal on the protection of land rights.

National Conference MP, Muhammad Akbar Lone asked people to demand restoration of Article 370 which guarantees permanent safeguard to their rights “Article 35A gave us a constitutional guarantee to safeguard our rights. A few days ago they came up with an order on domicile. Now after seeing the reaction in J&K, they have amended it,” Lone said. “What is the guarantee that they will not amend it again tomorrow?”

Fraught with dangers, Cong 

Congress described the amended domicile order as “another bluff with youth of Jammu Kashmir”.  In a statement, JKPCC President, GA Mir said the amendment to the domicile law was “cosmetic and another bluff with the youth of Jammu and Kashmir,”. “At the time of abrogation of special status, the youth of J&K were given to understand that their exclusive rights to jobs would be protected at all costs, but unfortunately they betrayed the youth” Mir said. 

Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said any change in the domicile laws at this stage is “fraught with dangers”. 

“At present, the entire matter is before the Supreme Court. This important and delicate matter should be left for the future elected government. In the meantime, no change should be effected in the domicile law which protects the rights of permanent residents of J&K,” Soz said.

Centre dealing with J&K casually: PDP

Several leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the new domicile law “will make no difference.” The party leaders including Abdul Hameed Kousheen and Arif Laigaroo said there had been no change on the ground since abrogation of Article 370.

They said people have been suffering immensely and the changes in the domicile law “mere cosmetic.”

They said the repeated measures taken by New Delhi on domicile law will not make any difference on ground.

PDP spokesperson, Firdous Tak said, “The way the union government proclaimed a new job and domicile policy for the erstwhile state now clearly indicates people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi are dealing with Jammu and Kashmir very casually and without application of mind”.

He said the opinion gets further strengthened with the fact that a law which is to govern 12 million population of Jammu and Kashmir was “so off-handedly drafted that Union government had to change it within 72 hours”.