Modi Govt’ Implements Historic Law Allowing Any Person to Buy Land in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh

Sputnik News

11:50 GMT 27.10.2020

India’s BJP-led central government has been introducing major changes to the administration of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting criticism from regional political parties, since the annulment of the region’s special status in August 2019 that provided semi-autonomy to the erstwhile state.

Days after the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir signed the Gupkar declaration aimed to restore the semi-autonomous status of the Union Territory; the New Delhi government notified them of the implementation of new land laws.

The new order, called Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020 will allow people from outside Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh to buy land there. Until now, the permanent residents of the region held the sole right to acquire the land.

However, agricultural land won’t be available for sale.

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Kashmiris fear the new laws, notified on Tuesday, are aimed at a “land grab” to dilute the Muslim-majority character of the region, whose partial autonomy was scrapped in August 2019, bringing it under New Delhi’s direct control.

The land laws – the latest in a series of changes authorised by the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – were implemented on the day Kashmir observed “Black Day” to mark the arrival of the Indian army in the region’s main city of Srinagar in 1947.

Kashmiri men walk though a garden lined with dried leaves of Chinar trees in Srinagar [File: Mukhtar Khan/AP]

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