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Non-agricultural land in J&K can now be transferred to outsiders

Last Updated on August 14, 2021 at 2:08 pm

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that non agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir can be allowed to transfer for public purposes such as education, charitable purpose and healthcare.

Minister of State in the Ministry Of Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said that after 5th August, 2019, all provisions of the Constitution of India have been made applicable to the Union Territory of J&K which necessitated changes in existing laws in J&K by Adaptation Orders so as to conform to the provisions of the Constitution of India.

Previously it was informed to Lok Sabha that only two outsiders had purchased two properties in J&K after abrogation of article 370.

Under the J&K Big Landed Estates Abolition Act, 1950, the land was transferred to the tillers. The Act also prescribed a limit to the right of ownership of 182 standard kanals (22.75 acres).

However, this Act has been repealed and there is another legislation i.e. The Jammu & Kashmir Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976, for transfer of land to tillers which is in force. This Act prescribes ceiling restriction of 100 standard kanals (12.5 acres).