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New laws won’t impact agricultural land: Manoj Sinha

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Srinagar, Oct 27, KNT: Jammu Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Tuesday claimed that the new land laws being introduced will not impact agricultural land.

Sinha was talking to Reporters on the sidelines of press conference.

When asked about the impact of the new rules, Sinha said it was a decision taken to encourage industries and there will be on effect on agricultural land.

“I want to say this forcefully and with full responsibility that agricultural land has been kept reserved for farmers; no outsider will come on those lands. The industrial areas that we have defined, we want that like rest of the country, here too industries come so that Jammu & Kashmir also develops and employment is generated,” Sinha according to KNT said.

Pertinently, any Indian in Jammu and Kashmir can purchase land from now onwards. There is no domicile requirement after the latest notification issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Three laws have been repealed in the erstwhile State. These included, J&K Alienation of Land Act, 1995, the J&K Big Land Estates Act, the J&K Common Lands (regulation) Act, 1956 and the J&K Consolidation of Holdings Act, 1962.

The notification issued by MHA also said that the government can now, on the written request of an Army officer not below the rank of Corp Commander, declare an area as Strategic Area within a local area, only for direct operational and training requirements of armed forces, which may be excluded from the operation of this Act and rules and regulations made there under in the manner and to the extent.

The government also can allow transfer of land in favour of a person or an institution for the purpose of promotion of healthcare or senior secondary or higher or specialised education after the new notification. (KNT)


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