August 2018 News

NC Wants State Subject Register On The Lines Of National Citizen Register

3 August 2018
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Jammu: National Conference Friday said attack on Article 35A of the Indian constitution was unacceptable and meant an assault on the cultural and ethnic identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The NC provincial president of Jammu, Devender Singh Rana told reporters at the party headquarters here that the special constitutional provision was protecting interests of the state's people. 'Attack on existence of Article 35A of Constitution, is an assault on cultural and ethnical identity of people living in Jammu and Kashmir,' Rana said. 'There are some reports that attempts are being made to abrogate Article 35A from constitution. The case in this regard is lying with Supreme Court but media reports suggests that a particularly political party wants to erase this special provision for Jammu and Kashmir, which is unacceptable to people of Jammu and Kashmir,' Rana said, in an indirect reference to Bharatiya Janata Party. 'I appeal Governor to constitute J&K State Subject Register on the lines of National Citizen Register (NCR) to indentify all non-state subjects living in the state before deporting them outside the state from Lakhanpur.' Rana, who is also Member Legislative Assembly from Nagrota, said Article 35A was the gift of the 'farsighted' Dogra Maharaja, Hari Singh which he introduced in 1927 after he felt his territory of J&K was being invaded by the neighbouring states. 'State Subject Laws, the essence of Article 35A, are aimed to safeguard the interests of native Dogras, Kashmiri, Ladakhi living in Jammu and Kashmir but fiddling with it is an attack on our identity,' the NC leader said, adding states like Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra introduced similar domicile laws. The businessman-politician also cleared his party position on bringing gender equality into the state subject laws which at present do not allow children of women state subjects from marriage with non-state subject men to enjoy the same privileges as the permanent residents of J&K. 'The case in this regard is sub-judice but NC firmly believes in equal rights for all genders.' Rana said instead of fiddling with entire Article 35A, the Governor, who is the state's administrator at present should indentify and deport non-state subjects settled in parts of the J&K. 'A large number of non-state subjects are settled in Jammu and Kashmir. They have potential of depriving jobs to locals and destabilising the economy,' Rana said.