Permanent Residents Law in J&K confirms solidarity with India: Bhim

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 6/29/2020 11:19:58 AM

Jammu, June 28 This is a great tragedy that present rulers of India have forgotten the history and the background as well as circumstances that were created by the then Dogra rulers of Jammu & Kashmir. It was Maharaja Hari Singh who enacted a Law on State Subject in Jammu & Kashmir by a Royal decree in 1927. This law then called as State Subject, naturally, the State was governed by a Maharaja. It was Maharaja Hari Singh who in consultation with all known representatives of the people introduced the law called State Subject. The purpose to introduce this law was to ensure the lands of poor farmers in Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh does not fall in the hands of big landlords and moneyed people from outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir. It was this law which continued with full backing of the people of Jammu & Kashmir from all regions and all classes and religious groups. This identity of the residents of the Jammu & Kashmir was preserved by the Constituent Assembly when the Constitution of India was framed. This matter was discussed and finally settled unanimously by the Constituent Assembly while writing the Constitution of India. It was clearly mentioned in the Constitution that all laws pertaining to the residents of Jammu & Kashmir shall remain intact and shall not be disturbed at all. Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession with the Union of India on 26th October, 1947. Jammu & Kashmir became integral part of the Union of India after 1952 when the Accession signed by Maharaja was approved and the Constitution of India became applicable. Article 370 was inserted as a temporary measure but with clear command that the Constitution of India shall be applicable and the benefits preserved for Jammu & Kashmir including its Permanent Residents Law (citizenship). The State Subjects were spelled as permanent residents with all their rights and security would remain as they were which included the right of the permanent residents over their immovable property. Inspite of several changes in law and the Constitution. The Fundamental Rights of the permanent residents in respect of their immovable property remained unchanged.


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