November 4, 2020

Unending crisis of trust deficit

The crisis of trust deficit does not head to any dead end in Jammu & Kashmir as the present dispensation like several previous popular governments of the erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state takes decisions in conflict with common public interests. Knowing that taking away land rights from the permanent residents and giving it away to non residents is bound to trigger anger and resentment in any part of the world and people of Jammu & Kashmir too don’t have any lesser concerns over their land and job rights, the incumbent central government should have left it for the next popular government to take a call over these key issues attracting huge  criticism from the people of Jammu & Kashmir irrespective of their regional and religious affiliations. Since central government knows it very well that Lt Governor of a union territory is the controlling authority of  home and finance departments but not the revenue department , tinkering with the laws concerning land and job rights of the people is both unadvisable and as well as objectionable by all standards of understandabilities and more so when the finality of last year’s August 5 decisions over the constitutional position of the erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state is to be decided by a five member constitutional bench of the apex court of the country. Under the garb of accountability, transparency and crusade against corruption government can’t arbitrarily take away the rights of people in a federal structure and instead it has to follow a proper procedure for amending or scrapping a law. Before showing urgency in resolving the matters of bigger public concerns the government has to explain to the people the causes of such urgency and take shortest constitutional routes to resolve issues of any urgent nature.

The defence of the government over the announcement and implementation of new land laws is indefensible by all standards of understandabilities under all circumstances and wisdom demands that government stops the practice of issuing executive orders for amending the laws passed by either the assembly of erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state or the parliament. Any decision to go ahead with implementation of new land laws won’t reduce but increase hugely the trust deficit in Jammu & Kashmir.

Laws passed by the assembly of the erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state under no circumstances can’t be amended by the executive orders as the government has to take the case of any constitutional amendment related to Jammu and Kashmir to both the houses of the parliament under the present circumstances. The defence of the government over the announcement and implementation of new land laws is indefensible by all standards of understandabilities under all circumstances and wisdom demands that government stops the practice of issuing executive orders for amending the laws passed by either the assembly of erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state or the parliament. Any decision to go ahead with implementation of new land laws won’t reduce but increase hugely the trust deficit in Jammu & Kashmir.

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