Jammu and Kashmir: BJP wants some curbs to be put on 'outsiders' over land, govt jobs -Arun Sharma

-The Indian Express

Senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh told The Sunday Express that they want a safeguard like a “domicile” certificate, so as to “protect the interests of locals in respect to land and state jobs”.

Jammu:
Less than a week after the abrogation of Article 370 by the Union government, and scrapping of Article 35A which extended special privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the local BJP wants some restrictions placed in the state on the purchase of land by “outsiders”, as well as on their appointment in government jobs.

Senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh told The Sunday Express that they want a safeguard like a “domicile” certificate, so as to “protect the interests of locals in respect to land and state jobs”.

While the opposition parties have been talking of land becoming scarce and government appointments more difficult for locals after the August 5 central declaration, the BJP too seems to have sensed that this might gain traction in Jammu after the waning of the initial euphoria.

Though there was some easing of restrictions in Jammu Saturday, official sources said several opposition politicians of the province too have been placed under house arrest. They include Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh, Dogra Swabhiman Sanghthan founder Choudhary Lal Singh and Congress leader Raman Bhalla, all former ministers. Dev Singh told The Sunday Express he hadn’t been allowed out for four days.

Sources said BJP leaders feel that apprehensions about land laws and jobs need to be addressed before the present restrictions in the state are lifted completely, and the opposition leaders released. It is due to these apprehensions that celebrations even in Jammu have not been as exuberant as were expected over the disbanding of Article 370.

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The Indian Express, 11 August, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jammu-and-kashmir-bjp-wants-some-curbs-to-be-put-on-outsiders-over-land-govt-jobs-5895341/?fbclid=IwAR3cpuHvJMxvuDz_4uBawzI

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