UT govt must leave PRCs issue to future elected govt: Soz

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/3/2020 12:28:04 AM

SRINAGAR, Apr 2: Former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz today said the union territory government must leave all matters relating to state subjects to the future elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement he said, “The state subject rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir state stood protected under the erstwhile Article 370 of the Constitution of India."
He added that now, the entire question is under the review before the supreme court of India.
"Meanwhile, the union territory government have moved a proposal seeking certain changes such as bringing in the persons domiciled in J&K union territory, who have been residing from the last 15 years and who have studied in the State for seven years," Soz said.
He stated that to say the least, the present union territory government is not entitled to suggest changes. All concerned have to wait till an elected government is constituted.
"In my opinion, Govt. of India would be well advised not to change the present position in respect of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir union territory. It has to wait for the decision of Supreme Court of India, on this matter. In the meantime, union territory government have subjected the employment in the state to an all India competition which is wrong and cuts across the interests of the eligible candidates belonging to the J&K union territory," Soz said.
"I urge the union government to maintain the status-quo and consider to discuss the matter with the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir union territory," he said.



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