Non-agricultural land in Jammu & Kashmir can be transferred to ‘outsiders’, says government | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that non-agricultural land in Jammu & Kashmir can be transferred to “outsiders” – or people who are not permanent residents or having J&K domicile – by the UT government only for educational, charitable and medical ventures.
“As per the adapted land laws of Jammu and Kashmir, the government may, by notification in the official gazette, allow transfer of land, for public purposes such as education, charitable purpose and healthcare,” minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said in reply to a question.
On Tuesday, the government had informed the Lok Sabha that two ‘outsiders’ had purchased two properties in J&K since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.
Rai said that after August 5, 2019, all provisions of the Constitution of India were made applicable to J&K, which necessitated changes in existing laws in the UT by Adaptation Orders, so as to conform with the provisions of the Constitution of India.
Apart from adapting the land laws, the Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act, 1950 – which transferred land to the tillers and prescribed a limit to right of ownership of 182 standard kanals (22.75 acres), was repealed. In its place, another legislation i.e. The Jammu & Kashmir Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976, was brought for transfer of land to tillers which is in force. This Act prescribes ceiling restriction of 100 standard kanals (12.5 acres), Rai informed the House.

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