The Union Home Ministry has sent a proposal to Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Law Department for a feedback on granting Article 371 as a compensation for the revocation of Article 370, which granted the erstwhile state special status, sources said.
They said the Law Department has been asked to study the proposal and give the feedback to the Government of India (GoI).
“The file is currently in Law Department, where deliberations over the contours of the new arrangement are being held. By mooting the idea of Article 371 for J&K, the Center is trying to draw the contours of post Article 370 Kashmir politics. But the effort is still tentative in nature,” sources said.
A group of senior politicians from Kashmir which includes PDP patron and former deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig have already given an indication that they were willing to settle for Article 371.
“We are a hill state and the Constitution has provided special provisions under Article 371 for all the hill states with domicile rights like those they enjoyed under Article 35A,” Baig had said last month.
After abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to J&K, and Article 35A, which granted special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir residents, people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are demanding land and job protection.
The social and political parties in Jammu and Ladakh have been pressing GoI to grant Himachal state-type status to Jammu and Kashmir in view of the erstwhile state being landlocked.