Centre rules out law in J&K on lines of Article 371

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Jammu

Ending speculation, the Government of India has made it clear that it would not bring any legislation on the lines of Article 371 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for protection of land and property, reported The Tribune.

If the residents want such safeguards, they will have to wait for the constitution of the next Legislative Assembly vested with the powers to make laws, The Tribune quoted Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy as saying. He was responding to a query by PDP Rajya Sabha member Nazir Ahmed Laway.

Various groups and political parties in the UT, which lost its special status on August 5 when the Centre abrogated Articles 370 and 35-A, have been seeking safeguards to protect their land and jobs, said the report.

The BJP unit of Jammu and Kashmir has suggested domicile certificates to locals for protection of land rights, reported The Tribune.

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