GOI notifies new land laws allowing every citizen to buy lands in UT of J&K; Ladakh remains exempted
The Government of India today has notified new land laws allowing every citizen to buy lands in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The Government, in its release, stated that the order will be called the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaption of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020. The Order comes into force with immediate effect. According to a senior government official, the adaptation of the laws is only meant for Jammu and Kashmir, not Ladakh.
The General Clauses Act, 1897 applies for the interpretation of this Order as it applies for the interpretation of laws in force in the territory of India.
The move landed reaction from Omar Abdullah, "Unacceptable amendments to the land ownership laws of J&K. Even the tokenism of domicile has been done away with when purchasing non-agricultural land & transfer of agricultural land has been made easier. J&K is now up for sale & the poorer small landholding owners will suffer," Abdullah tweeted.
This is one of the most significant moves by the government after the abrogation of Article 370 last year.