Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, has called the recent amendments in the land laws of J-K and Ladakh, “unacceptable”, stating that “J-K is now up for sale”.
Mr. Abdullah, who is also vice president of National Conference, said: “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 land holding owners will suffer.”
Earlier, on 26 October, New Delhi notified new laws, including fresh land laws, for the Union Territories (UTs) of J-K and Ladakh and omitted any precondition on purchase of land in J-K, as existed under Article 370 for the outsiders.
Last year, in August 2019, New Delhi had revoked the limited autonomy of erstwhile state of J-K. Under the newly introduced J-K Development Act (XIX of 1970), it notified that “omit, being permanent resident of the State”.