New Land Laws: PAGD Says Will Fight It Out


SRINAGAR: People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration on Tuesday condemned the new law that was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect, anybody who is a resident of India can purchase land.

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PAGD spokesperson Sajad Lone in a statement strongly condemned repeal of J&K Land Laws thereby stripping the Permanent Residents of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh of exclusive right to acquire and hold immovable property in the State – now unconstitutionally divided into two Union Territories and granting such rights to non State Subjects.

Terming the MHA Order as a huge betrayal, Sajad said that this is a massive assault on the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and grossly unconstitutional.

The Alliance has vowed to fight the anti-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh measure on all fronts.

Leaders of “Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration” addressing a press conference at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence on October 24, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“The repeal of  Big Estates Abolition Act – first-ever agrarian reform in the subcontinent, is an insult to the sacrifices of thousands of freedom fighters and farmers who fought against an autocratic and oppressive rule and a crude attempt to rewrite history. The order made in exercise of powers under Reorganisation Act, 2019, it is stated, is yet another brazen violation of the principle of constitutional proprietary of fundamental importance to a constitutional democracy,” said Sajad in a statement.

Sajad added that with a serious challenge to the 5th August 2019 decisions before the top Constitutional Court of the Country and the vires of Reorganisation Act under judicial scrutiny,  the Central Government is under an obligation to desist from such acts,  out of respect for the Apex Court.

“The unconstitutional measure is clearly designed as an attempt to preempt the outcome of the challenge before the Supreme Court. The assault on exclusive property rights apart, changes in urban development laws and creation of Security Zones is bound to prejudicially affect environment and ecosystem in environmentally fragile regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in utter disregard of grave environmental concerns,” said Sajad in a statement.


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