Mumbai: In another development, Narendra Modi led government has informed that in the new Land Law Gazette notification for Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has notified it on Monday. This paved the way for any Indian to buy land in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir.
The MHA informed what it calls the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020. This order comes into force with immediate effect.
“With immediate effect, the Act referred to in the Schedule to this Order, unless repealed or amended by a competent Legislature or other competent authority, the effect is subject to adaptation and amendments as directed by the said Schedule, or if it Is very directed. The order will be canceled,” read the order.
Earlier, the existence of Article 35A banned the purchase of land for citizens of other parts of the country except for Jammu and Kashmir. The article allowed the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define permanent residents of the state and only those who could afford land or property were eligible.
While the residents of Jammu and Kashmir were free to purchase immovable property in the state as well as the rest of the country, Article 35A did not allow citizens residing in Jammu and Kashmir to purchase land in the state.
This catastrophic inconsistency was considered one of the reasons for the omission of Article 370 and Article 35A. At the time of the cancellation of the state and the subsequent changes in the two union territories, the central government argued that the abolition of the accounts would pave the way for the development of Kashmir and would lead to greater assimilation of the state with the Union of India.