Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today termed the proposed steps of the government of the creation of Sainik Colonies and new industrial policy as a ploy to facilitate the entry of non state subjects in J&K to change the demographic character as well as the disputed nature of the state.
The Mirwaiz said that the real agenda of the government, which is being run from Nagpur, is to facilitate the entry of non state subjects into Jammu and Kashmir whether it is through the onslaught of Sainik colony, settling of west-Pakistan refugees, giving permanent homes to non state slum dwellers or through the industrial policy.
He asked the Kashmiri Pandits living outside to meet the Pandits living here and see themselves that they are most secure living side by side with other communities rather than in separate colonies.
In regard with the new industrial policy, Mirwaiz called it both dishonest and controversial, with a purpose to subvert industrial growth and self reliance of the valley entrepreneurs and allot large chunks of land in Kashmir to non state subjects on the pretext of investment.
“In the light of past experience it appears that the purpose of outsiders after grabbing the land is not the development of industry or employment to the local youth but their aim is to benefit from incentives in crores that they get from the state exchequer (actually the money of the Kashmiri tax payer) after getting the land,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that there are glaring examples of such practices especially in Jammu and Kathua industrial units which were ostensibly set up with the purpose of increasing industrial production and employment for youth in Jammu and Kashmir, however, that ended up existing in paper only while the land owners grabbed incentives worth crores on them.
He said earlier also in Kashmir land was allotted to non state subjects at places Zainakote and Lethpora for the establishment of industrial units which never took off and these people have sublet the allotted land to forces and are enjoying rentals from them.
Mirwaiz said that instead of addressing the brazen inequality that exists with regard to industrial policy between Jammu region and Kashmir region where 95 percent of incentive goes to Jammu and only 5 percent to Kashmir division, matters are being deliberately worsened for the Kashmir entrepreneurs by such sinister policies.
“Four different versions in this regard have come from four mouth pieces of the coalition government giving rise to grave suspicion,” Mirwaiz said and warned the government that they were closely watching the whole situation and were well aware of the RSS agenda that the Govt was following in this regard.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) Chief Syed Ali Geelani was not allowed to move out and was placed under house arrest, while JKLF Chief Yasin Malik who was supposed to visit poll bound Anantnag to address an election boycott rally was arrested at Pampore.