Shelter for ‘homeless’, attempt to ‘drill hole in state subject law’


SRINAGAR: KCSDS Friday reacted sharply against the govt’s proposed plan  of providing shelter  for’ urban homeless’ in Jammu and Kupwara  under NULM  for the year 2015-2016.
KCSDS has come across a copy of the Revised Minutes dated 8/1/2016 of the Project Sanctioning Committee constituted for finalization of shelter for urban homeless in Kupwara and Jammu.
The minutes further have it that the Commissioner Housing and Urban Development pressed for the construction of similar facilities in other districts   like   Srinagar, Samba, Budgam, Reasi and Kathua also in the near future.
While analysing the minutes, KCSDS found these very confusing and deceitful. In one sentence  it  states  that this component  will focus  on providing shelter to people  who are living either  on roadside or under flyovers or in the homes of their relatives while in another sentence it states  the  occupants will not be necessarily state subjects and that  the  facility so created shall be transitory.
Let us make it very clear that it is a common knowledge that there are no homeless persons in our state. Even the poorest have a shelter in Kashmir. To that extent the attempt is to transplant a city like Delhi in Kupwara to begin with.  Homeless persons is a feature of industrialized cities rather than broadly agricultural societies like ours .Viewed this way, the project is yet another attempt to drill a hole in the state subject law of the state under the garb of so called humanitarian concern.  In reality, it is part of the state machinations to settle outsiders in the state of J&K to change its demographics.
NULM project does not  apply to JK in the first place as the situation of homeless people does not exist here; secondly  the state cannot provide this facility to outsiders  precisely because state subject law does not permit it. The project is ,  therefore, a masquerade   for diluting the state subject law by settling outside labour force, stray visitors and others in the state. The minutes are full of prevarications to deceive Kashmiris into believing that it is  purely a harmless humanitarian project meant to serve ‘imaginary homeless  citizens of the  state’  but actually meant to stab them in the back.  This project and the scheme under which it comes is inapplicable to JK for the condition is not there; secondly it is totally in violation  of the state subject law hence  unacceptable  to the people of Kashmir.  It is pertinent to mention here that the state subject law was brought in by late Maharaja Hari Singh in 1927 in response to the pundits’ demand that feared of being outnumbered and outsmarted by outsiders.
 KCSDS demands from the state govt  the  immediate withdrawal of such proposal/  rescind such a proposal  brought out  by  bureaucracy  in league with  the swindling  govt  or  face valley wide fierce public agitation.

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