The Kashmiris viewed the disruption brought about on August 5, 2019 as a “deceptive step and an incursion” whereas there was a wave of delight, though there is more than one views on this, in Jammu as people there saw it as a move to end the hegemony of Kashmiri leadership.
However, the turning point in Jammu is the new set of land laws. In the absence of any provision to safeguard the interests of the local populace over land issues and job security, questions are being raised whether the moves related to Article 370 have really benefitted them.
Suddenly there is an air of uncertainty about the utility of newly introduced “domicile certificates” to replace the earlier Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) which were being issued since the time of erstwhile Maharajas. It is so because the new land laws provide that anyone can purchase land in the UT whether having a domicile certificate or not. Barring verbal assurances, nothing has so far been done by the Centre on demands for job reservations for the locals.
Former Jammu Mayor, Mr Narender Singh asks, “where is the much promised Himachal Pradesh like land protection? Where is the reservation of jobs for the locals?Compare this to the job reservation being provided by some of the BJP ruled states such as Haryana, Uttarakhand etc. What is the fault of people of Jammu?”