Any person from outside Jammu and Kashmir can now buy land in the Union Territory
SRINAGAR/ NEW DELHI: Any person from outside Jammu and Kashmir can now buy land in the Union Territory, which till now was exclusively meant for permanent residents and residents with domicile certificate with
the home ministry
making several changes in the land laws.
Though the new laws were in the offing, they reflect the changed political and administrative landscape after
became a dead letter in J&K. A senior minister said the process was intended to make laws applicable to the rest of India to become the legal tender in the UT as well. He said protections that certain states offered in terms of restrictions on land sale could be considered by the administration, which in the current scenario is the Lt Governor, at a later date.
New MHA rule nullifies 11 land laws of former J&K state
The new MHA rule, called
the UT of Jammu
and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020, nullifies 11 previous land laws of the former J&K state. The phrase — ‘permanent resident of the state’ — in the Jammu and
Kashmir Development Act
that deals with disposal of land in the UT has been omitted from Section 17 of the law, allowing non-residents to buy land in the UT.
J&K lieutenant governor
told reporters that the amendments do not allow transfer of agricultural land to non-agriculturists. However, some exemptions in the Act enable transfer of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. The opposition, including regional as well as national parties, expressed reservations against the new law and called it “robbery of land in the name of integration, development and security”.