RESTORATION OF LAND TO SHRINE BOARD IS THE ONLY SOLUTION
Discrimation by the Indian government with the people of Jammu to appease kashmiris in kashmir has revolutionised the minds of the people of Jammu
In a recent controversy of revocation of land transfer order to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board, the point on the legal side has been raised from many quarters that the act of the Governor rescinding land transfer to SASB by the State Government is illegal and is devoid of legal requirements as laid down in the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Act, 2000 enacted by the State Government. The land transfer controversy was at centrestage when the coalition partner of the ruling Congress, the PDP strongly opposed the Azad Government’s move to transfer land to the Shrine Board to create facilities for the pilgrims of Shri Amarnath Ji. It was horrendous and irresponsible act of the leadership of PDP and certainly was an act to create wedge between the Hindus and the Muslims and projection of anti-India psyche. This issue was further ignited in the valley by the PDP which consequently took to violent protests in the Kashmir valley demanding cancellation of the land transfer order to Shrine Board by the Government. Keeping in view the emerging situation in the valley, the newly appointed Governor Shri NN Vohra and Ex-officio Chairman of the Shrine Board rescinded the land transfer to Shrine Board and therefore the said land transfer order was cancelled by the government. The revoking of the land transfer order to SASB by the government though able to pacify the situation in the Kashmir valley but it ignited the Hindu minds not only in the Jammu region but in whole of India. Hindus of the State felt that the government has been bowed down to the separatists and anti- India forces in the valley who are playing in the hands of the Pakistan to foment Kashmir dispute. The Hindus of the State felt the sense of discrimination by the state government on the issue of land transfer to Shrine Board which was directly connected with the Hindu sentiments and thus they are demanding the land back to the Shrine Board. It is very important to understand that what the J&K Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Act, 2000 says regarding the management of the Amarnath Shrine. The said act was enacted in the year 2000 and was enforced in the year 2001, vide SRO 54 of dated 12-2-2001, in whole of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The basic object of the said act was to provide better management of Shri Amarnath Ji yatra, upgradation of facilities for Holy pilgrims and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The act envisages a Board which is vested with the governance of the Amarnath Ji Shrine and the Board fund. The Board is composed of Governor as its Ex-officio Chairman with nine more Members nominated from different streams by the Governor. It is made incumbent upon this Board to work and take steps as and when required for the welfare of the Amarnath yatris inflowing from different parts of the Country. The section 12 of the said act lays that how the business will be transacted by the Board and especially sub-clause 3 of section 12 conspicuously lays that no business shall be transacted at any meeting unless at least 5 Members are present. Now in view of this legal position the substantial question before us for determination is whether the decision to rescind the land transfer order taken by the Governor is his individual one i.e. unilateral or has been taken by the Board in accordance with the procedures as laid down in section 12(3) of the said act. The Governor under pressure from someone had decided in hasten and unilaterally to rescind land transfer order passed by the Cabinet and requested the Azad led government to manage the affairs of the yatra. on this plea of the Chairman of Shrine Board the Land transfer order to SASB was cancelled at a time when the Azad government was reduced to minority by the withdrawal of support by the PDP. Under these circumstances when the Azad led government was reduced to minority and the Cabinet decision to transfer land to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board was taken by the majority government , it was prudent for the Azad government to not to cancel the said order but he could not resist himself and followed the same appeasement policy of the congress which was already at the saturation point. This wrong doing and discriminatory attitude of the government perpetrated by the PDP, NC and other separatist forces in the Kashmir valley towards Jammu and Hindus perhaps is not pardonable. Because of these atrocities and discrimination and appeasement of the Kashmiri leadership by the centre at the cost of sentiments of the people of Jammu and millions and millions of Hindus of India and the world, the people of Jammu are revolutionized and have started their decisive fight against discrimination, non-secular forces and anti-India Kashmiri leadership. Through the medium of this write up I appeal to the J&K Governor, His Excellence Sh. NN Vohra to not to take the developments around so lightly and before every thing go out of hand the sentiments of the Hindus must be restored back to them by transferring the land to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board which is the only solution to the present lis.