Jammu & Kashmir

Real estate summit: JK politicians say move depicts ‘true intentions’ of Admin

A wide view of paddy fields in Kashmir. [FPK File Photo]

Srinagar: National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said that “true intentions” of the JK administration are brought to the fore as the latter held a real estate summit in Jammu, the first of its kind, to encourage people from across India to buy land, or a second home, in Jammu and Kashmir.

“J&K’s special status was illegally revoked to dehumanise, dispossess & disempower the only Muslim majority state in India. GOIs brazen loot & sale of our resources shows that the sole motive is to annihilate our identity & change the demography,” PDP chief and former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of JK said in a tweet.

“Once again the true intentions of the government are brought to the fore. While offering to secure the land, jobs, domicile laws & identity of the people of Ladakh, J&K is being put up for sale. People of Jammu should beware, “investors” will buy up land in Jammu long before Kashmir,” tweeted National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

National Conference in a statement also denounced the real estate summit, saying the proposed measures will inevitably imperil the rights of locals over their land and natural resources.

Calling the conference as yet another “despicable measure” to deprive people of Jammu and Kashmir of their rights, party Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said, “Such measures expose the sinister plans which the ruling dispensation is up to in J&K.”

“Sadly, Jammu and Kashmir has the atrocious appellation of being a highly dispossessed region of the country. The priority of the administration should have been to give a sense of entitlement to people and not shear them of their exclusive land rights,” he said.

He added, “It is yet another deliberate attempt to obfuscate the history, culture, land and democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for political and ideological agendas.”

Calling the real estate summit a theatre of the absurd, the spokesman said, “NC would not remain silent to this authoritarian and accelerated transformation of Jammu and Kashmir, which comes straight from “RSS’s vision and agenda”.

“It is also a brazen attempt of RSS-BJP to use Jammu and Kashmir for scapegoating widespread economic failures, farmer issues, and raging unemployment across the country,” he added.

He accused the ruling dispensation of putting JK up for sale.

“The main idea behind these exercises is to textually bury JK’s particularistic or special identity, which New Delhi has promised to protect at the time of JK’s accession.”

“They had promised to preserve Kashmir’s identity within what is now popularly called the idea of India. This new move is yet another story in the saga of never-ending injustices and of historical injustices with Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Organized jointly by India’s Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs and the JK administration, the Jammu and Kashmir Real Estate Summit (2021) was held at Jammu today.

39 Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) were signed and 19 dealt with the construction of residential homes.

Calling it a “historical transformation in JK”, the administration said it had changed laws to allow external investment in JK- including the purchase of non-agricultural land.


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