New Delhi: September 11, 2019. (PCP) Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of J&K National Panthers Party has urged Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India to convene an urgent meeting of National Integration Council so that all political parties and eminent persons could be involved vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir to work out a joint programme for restoring the confidence of residents of Jammu and Kashmir. He felt that there are about 35 state recognized parties besides national parties in India who need to be involved in the process of National Integration which has been initiated by reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that placing Jammu and Kashmir under President’s Rule was neither desirable nor acceptable by the people for several reasons.
NPP Supremo said that the government has not been able to convey to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir the purpose and the benefit which people in Jammu and Kashmir would receive with the abolition of Article 35-A (it was a Presidential Order and the President has exercised his power to withdraw this). So far as temporary provision Article 370 and its effects vis-à-vis National Integration should be conveyed to the people in this country as well as the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Article 370 was not meant for special status and special status is something else which could be available to the entire State of J&K as was done by the Parliament by adding Article 371, which is applicable in North-Eastern States and some others. This message has not reached to the people of Jammu and Kashmir nor to the people in the rest of the country.
NPP Supremo felt that lowering the status or downgrading a great state of Jammu and Kashmir it has been reduced to a Union Territory which has sent a wrong message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir also. Downgrading the status of J&K to a Union Territory has not resolved any problem nor it has been accepted by the Permanent Residents of the state of J&K. The Prime Minister had himself made a loud declaration that this provision shall be amended soon. NPP Supremo suggested that this provision in the Reorganisation Act passed by the Parliament needs to be amended without any delay so as to allow only one Union Territory i.e. Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir should be taken out that controversial status. He suggested that the Law relating to ‘State Subject’ was enacted by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1927 when Permanent Residents of the state of J&K were given a special status concerning the land ownership in J&K. This Law which is called now Law for Permanent Residents vis-à-vis ownership of the immovable property is unchangeable. This matter was discussed in the Constituent Assembly when the Constitution was enacted. The Constituent Assembly of India had made it very clear in its declaration that this Law pertaining to the Permanent Residents of J&K vis-à-vis immovable property shall not be changed. It could not be touched now at a political or judicial platform. The propaganda being circulated by the media quoting several political leaders that the people from any part of the country shall go and purchase land in Jammu and Kashmir. This, the media and the political circles in India should understand that it is nationally accepted Law that no outsider (non-Permanent Resident) shall be authorized/ entitled to purchase immovable property of J&K in favour of any outsider. This matter needs to be studied in depth by politicians and media persons before floating provocative stories to fuel the crises.
This issue concerns the entire nation and the people of this country that’s why there is a dire need of involvement of all the political parties and schools of thought in working out a comprehensive and acceptable proposition. That’s why Prime Minister has been urged to convene an urgent meeting of National Integration Council.