SRINAGAR: Reacting to the government of India’s plan of providing “shelters” for “homeless non-state subjects” in J&K under its ‘National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM)’, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Saturday said New Delhi has been trying its best to “convert Muslims of the state into a minority by various means”.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the conglomerate said, “This plan seems to have been made with a design to settle the non-locals in the state.”
“The need is to understand the real motive behind such moves, as in the recent past efforts have been made to settle Kashmiri Pandits in separate colonies and discreetly rehabilitate the non-locals,” he said.
The spokesman said that the poor in Kashmir do not live on pavements or under flyovers.
Under a government of India’s urban development scheme, the state government, during governor’s rule, has okayed construction of shelters for the homeless in Kupwara and Jammu in the first phase. According to the government plan, ‘non-state subjects’ can stay in such shelters for periods ranging between 10 days and five months.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson condemned the continuous house detention of conglomerate’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and restrictions on his religious and political activities.
“Authorities have deliberately turned Mirwaiz’s residence into a jail. This is political vendetta on part of the state,” he said.