BJP Put J&K Land On Sale, Says Mehbooba

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday slammed centre over the recent amendments in the land laws in Jammu and Kashmir.

Taking to a social networking site, Twitter Mehbooba Mufti wrote: “Yet another step thats part of GOI’s nefarious designs to disempower & disenfranchise people of J&K. From the unconstitutional scrapping of Article 370 to facilitating loot of our natural resources & finally putting land in J&K up for sale.”

“After failing on all fronts to provide roti & rozgar to people, BJP is creating such laws to whet the appetite of a gullible electorate. Such brazen measures reinforces the need of people of all three provinces of J&K to fight unitedly,” Mehbooba tweeted.

The Centre has announced new rules that allow any Indian citizen to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required for purchasing non-agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir. However, agricultural land can only be purchased by agriculturalists or people engaged in farm-related activities.

“With immediate effect, the Acts mentioned in the Schedule to this Order shall, until repealed or amended by a competent Legislature or other competent authority, have an effect, subject to the adaptations and modifications directed by the said Schedule, or if it is so directed, shall stand repealed,” it said.

Under the new order that repealed most of the existing orders in vogue and amendments, a few have been now allowing purchasing land by anyone as there is no mention of domicile or permanent resident certificate.

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