Citizens living in different parts of the country often thought that they had their own home in beautiful Kashmir like heaven. The time has come for his dream to come true. They can now build their dream home in centrally-ruled Jammu and Kashmir whenever they want, as the central government has amended the laws relating to the Land Ownership Act in Jammu and Kashmir. Any citizen of the country can now buy land for their houses, shops and businesses in Jammu and Kashmir. There will be no restriction on him. A new notification has been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday.
However, the ban on farming land will continue. According to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, we want the outside industries to be set up in Jammu and Kashmir, hence the need to invest in industrial land. But the cultivated land will remain only for the people of the state. The Central Government's decision came about four days before the first anniversary of the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir State as a Union Territory under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act.
Know what was the rule before
It is noteworthy that the state of Jammu and Kashmir had its own separate constitutional system before August 5, 2019. In that system, only permanent citizens of Jammu and Kashmir, who had permanent citizenship certificate of the state called State subject, could buy land there. No citizen of any other part of the country could buy land for his house, shop, business or farming in Jammu and Kashmir. He could acquire or rent land on lease basis just by completing certain legal formalities. But now people from outside can also buy land and start their work there. The Union Home Ministry has taken this decision under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, under which any Indian can now buy land for a factory, house or shop in Jammu and Kashmir. For this, proof of being a local resident will not be required.
The process of amendment was not finalized on the necessary reforms in the law relating to the Land Ownership Act, even though the constitution and law of Jammu and Kashmir were required to be local residents for the purchase of agricultural land
. However, last evening, the Central Home Secretary issued the necessary notification in this regard. According to this notification, any citizen of any part of the country can now buy land for any difficult house-building or business. For this, he does not have to complete the formalities of any domicile or state subject. Domicile would be needed only for the purchase of agricultural land.
Jammu and Kashmir was exempted from Article 370 last year.
Significantly, Jammu and Kashmir has been exempted from Article 370 only last year, after which Jammu and Kashmir became a Union Territory on 31 October 2019. Now, on the completion of one year of being a union territory, the law of the land has been changed.
Opposition to change in the law of land starts
Following this central government order, Kashmir-centric parties, including the National Conference and the People's Democratic Party, have started opposing it. Former Chief Minister and National Conference President Omar Abdullah and former Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti termed the order as unconstitutional, saying that they will not accept this law at any cost.
People associated with industry welcomed
At the same time, people associated with the industry are calling this new law a lifelong. Industrialists say that after the enactment of the land law, the prospects of industry in Jammu and Kashmir will increase. Major industrialists located in other states of the country will be inspired to set up industries in Jammu and Kashmir, which will remove unemployment here.
Constant change in Jammu and Kashmir
You are aware that the Modi government has completely changed Jammu and Kashmir. First they repealed Articles 370 and 35A, then removed the Roshni Act and now this new law has been passed which ensures a valid right of all Indians to buy land anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir. It certainly promotes the One India, the Best India Movement.