Ground Report | New Delhi: How many non-local buy land in Kashmir; The Home Office (MHA) informed parliament on Wednesday that a total of seven plots of land have been purchased in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, all of them in the Jammu division.
How many non-local buy land in Kashmir
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was responding to queries raised in parliament, including the status of the purchase and sale of land in Jammu and Kashmir and whether anyone other than this state can also buy land there, as well as whether someone from outside has bought the land.
Nityanand Rai, the Minister of State (MoS) of the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) responded to the queries raised in the Chamber.
“According to information provided by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, people from outside the UT of Jammu and Kashmir have bought a total of seven parcels of land. All seven parcels are located in the Jammu division, ”Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in a written response.
The dispossession of the special status of the former state on August 5, 2019, had sparked apprehensions in the region that outsiders would take away land and jobs from the local population and, in turn, change the demographic character of the place.
New domicile law
Before August 5, 2019, under Article 3A of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, it was decided who is a resident of the state and who is not. Along with this, the ownership of the property was also decided under this section.
Since the end of the special status, the administration has prepared a new definition of residents for Jammu and Kashmir. According to that definition, a person residing there for at least 15 years would be eligible to be a permanent resident there.
According to the new domicile law, any person who has spent 15 years in Jammu and Kashmir will be considered a local citizen. Even if someone has studied in the state for seven years and has appeared in class X and XII examinations, he will still be considered a local resident.
Under the new definition, the residents of the state will also include central government officials, officers of all services, officials of PSUs and autonomous institutions, public sector banks, officials of statutory bodies.
Kashmir has suffered a loss of around 50 crore rupees since August 5, 2019, which includes around 10 crore rupees this year, while business in Kashmir, like the rest of the country, is down compared to last year.
Why No one bought Plot in Kashmir?
- When new land purchase laws were enacted in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370, it was widely opposed by most of the people in J&K including BJP leaders.
- The new land purchase laws state that people from outside J&K are still barred from buying agricultural land.
- The law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in Kashmir, has not improved as per the expectations of the Central Government. Nobody wants to buy property in disturbed areas.
- Industrialists are not inclined to invest in Kashmir as they do not see any profit there.
- Fear of terrorism and uncertainty in Kashmir.
- Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown are other reasons.
In a separate response to a question from Congress, K.C. Venugopal in the House, Mr. Rai stated that “the number of killings of civilians has remained in the range of 37 to 40 each year for the past five years, from 2017 to 2021 [through November 30, 2021]”.
Despite attempts by terrorists to target some civilians, large numbers of migrant workers continued in the Kashmir valley and left as usual at the beginning of the harsh winter. Also, a large number of tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir in recent months, ”said the reply.