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Bring amendment in Reorganisation Bill to protect land, jobs of people of J&K: Mir

Srinagar, Jan 24 (UNI) Alleging that the outreach programme by the Union Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir was nothing but a publicity stunt, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Friday asked the Centre to bring an amendment in the Reorganisation Bill, to protect the land rights and jobs of the people of the newly-created Union Territory.
''Under the Reorganisation Bill, which was passed by Parliament, the land and jobs in J&K and Ladakh are open for everyone in the country,'' Mr Mir told UNI.
He said instead of just hollow promises, people will be happy, if the Centre brings amendment in the coming Parliament session.
''Once the amendment is made by the Parliament, no one will raise this issue. Till that time, it is hanging,'' Mr Mir pointed out.
Referring to a High Court (HC) recruitment order, which was later withdrawn following criticism, the Congress leader said the government had to issue orders to stop recruitment of youth in government jobs from outside the UT.
But, it was a temporary measure and not a permanent solution, he added.
''Tomorrow, they will say that we will issue a circular from the Home Ministry, asking the Lt Governor to curtail recruitment from outside J&K, but that again will be temporary.
''As per the Reorganisation Act, everyone can purchase land in J&K and anyone can apply for a government job. Until and unless the amendment is made in that Act via Parliament, the Centre can't be trusted,'' the former minister of state said.
Lashing out at Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Mr Mir said the Ministers in Narendra Modi government take the people of J&K as fools.
''It is similar to the then Governor Satpal Malik assuring people that the deployment of additional security forces in Kashmir valley, before the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, was service related,'' he said.
He further said that people have now understood that there is a difference in what they say and what they do.
Mr Mir also lashed out at the Centre for trying to mislead the people on the issue of CAA.
''The Centre is misleading people on the issue of CAA. Congress never brought a Bill influenced by religion and never tried to protect the rights of one community,'' he added.
He further alleged that the outreach programme by the Union Ministers was nothing, but a publicity stunt.
''They (ministers) think that they can mislead the people of J&K by repeating false narrative again and again. But, people of J&K are smart and have understood the falsehood being spread by the Centre,'' he added.
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