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GOI notification States that any Indian citizen can now buy land in Kashmir

Lawstreet Journal 30 Oct 2020 1:31am

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The Government of India on Monday (October 25, 2020) issued a notification stating that any Indian citizen can now buy land, except agricultural, in municipal areas of Jammu and Kashmir without being a domicile.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ‘Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020’ shall come into force with immediate effect, and “will encourage development in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir”. After the J&K’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution was withdrawn on 5 August 2019, the reorganization Act bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories — J&K and Ladakh.

Under the notification, for the first time, the spouse of a J&K domicile shall also be deemed as a domicile. Earlier, spouses of Permanent Resident Cardholders were considered at par but were not considered domiciles. Children of central government officials posted for over ten years in Jammu and Kashmir will also continue to be considered domiciles.

Political parties in J&K have called the notification “unacceptable” and said it will hit the small land-owning farmers in the union territory.

Agricultural land can be sold, repurposed with govt permission. Reacting to the notification, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said in Srinagar Tuesday agricultural land has been reserved for farmers and no one will interfere with it.

“On the areas identified as ‘industrial areas’, we want good industries to come up here, like in the rest of the country, so that there is progress, development, and employment,” Sinha said.

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