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New land laws a double assault on JKs history, future: NC

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir see the changes to land laws as a double assault on their political history as well as their future, saying the party will continue to strive for restoring honor and dignity of people.

Party’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and Provincial President Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani said this while presiding over a monthly review meeting with Party’s Zone Presidents.

On the occasion the General Secretary and Provincial President led the functionaries in paying homage to senior party member, former MLC Late Nasir Khan, who breathed his last week.

While interacting with the functionaries, Sagar said new land laws clear the decks for the revival of neo-Jagirdari system in J&K. He said that with no bar on the maximum land holding, the government has opened the floodgates for big corporations to buy large chunks of land. The new land laws, he said serve the purpose of big businesses at the cost of locals.

“New land law notification and nullification of state’s own land laws has become a pivot which has united the people of Jammu and Kashmir. From a socialistic political entity, J&K through successive executive orders and notifications has been shorn of its prized emancipative political history.  The wanton curtailment of the rights of people of J&K is going unabated, the latest land laws is a point in case.  The state’s own land laws represented the collective will of the people of J&K which they had exercised by choosing their legislatures; however the laws, 12 in number were done away with by a stroke of an executive order devoid of democratic bearings,” he said.

Party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, while addressing the functionaries said that a year after the unconstitutional rescinding of the state’s status, the socio-economic situation of its people has worsened as never before. He said the deteriorating  governance and administration in J&K gives credence to the widespread belief of people that it is land only that matters to the incumbent ruling  dispensation at New Delhi. The new lands laws, he said reek of discrimination.

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