Jammu: While all the major social, political parties of Jammu and Kashmir have criticised the government over the new domicile law, many Kashmiri Pandit organizations on Thursday termed the decision as a ‘historic milestone’ and expressed their gratitude towards the Modi-led government at the centre.
According to an official spokesperson, several delegations of Kashmiri Pandit Community including All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee and Kashmiri Pandit Welfare Organization called on the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday and expressed their gratitude towards Government of India and J&K UT Administration for the introduction of new Domicile Law in J&K.
“The members of these delegations termed the new Domicile Law of Jammu and Kashmir as historic. They also reiterated that the removal of Article 370 and Article 35A, which proved to be a stumbling block in the path of development, would take the UT to new heights of growth and development,” the official spokesperson said.
He said that while interacting with the delegations, the LG observed that the new Domicile Law will ensure equitable, balanced and inclusive development of Jammu and Kashmir and its people.
Interestingly, senior Apni Party and former Chief Secretary, Vijay Bakaya also expressed their gratitude towards Centre and UT Administration for the introduction of new Domicile Law, contrary to the stand of his party, which has termed framing of new rules as inappropriate and untimely in absence of a popular government in J&K.
“It is big step towards reaching out to the community and a confidence building measure,” former chief secretary and leader of Jammu and Kashmiri Apni Party Vijay Bakaya told PTI.
The official spokesperson further said that on being apprised of the issue of protection of shrines; the LG maintained that the Government has already taken up the issue to ensure the safety and security of the shrines and devotees.
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