NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday announced that the government will formulate a domicile policy for Jammu & Kashmir, a demand many have made since the revocation of its special status last year.
He gave this assurance to a 24-member delegation of the newly formed Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari in New Delhi.
The Home Minister assured the delegation that Jammu and Kashmir will have a better domicile policy than other states in the country and a reasonable economic development policy will be drafted soon after widespread consultation, official sources told IANS. The government, Shah said, will not discriminate in the implementation of Central laws in J&K.
Sources said Shah discussed around 40 different issues raised by the delegation and reassured them that the government had no intention to change the demographics in the region. “All such talks have no basis at all,” Shah told the group of Kashmiri politicians.
Sources said the Home Minister also revealed that an industrial policy for rapid economic development will soon be announced. A land bank has already been created, he told the delegation, adding he was hoping that J&K will draw three times more investment than what the state drew in the last seven decades.
“In the last 70 years, J&K received around Rs 13,000 crore investment. That will solve the problem of unemployment in the region,” he said. (IANS)