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The Government of India issued a notice stating that any Indian citizen can now buy land, except agricultural, in municipal areas of Jammu and Kashmir without being a domicile.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ‘Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020’ shall come into force with immediate effect, and “will encourage development in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir”. After the J&K’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution was withdrawn on 5 August 2019, the reorganization Act bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories — J&K and Ladakh.

Under the notification, for the first time the spouse of a J&K domicile shall also be considered as a domicile. Earlier, spouses of Permanent Resident Card holders were considered at par but were not considered domiciles. Children of central government officials posted for over ten years in Jammu and Kashmir will also continue to be considered domiciles.

Political parties in J&K have called the notification “unacceptable”, and said it will hit the small land-owning farmers in the union territory. Do you think buying a land in J&K harms the growth of the place or help in its growth?

 


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