SRINAGAR — The Union Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday said that as per the adapted land laws of Jammu and Kashmir, the government can allow the transfer of agricultural land for public purposes such as education, charitable purpose and healthcare.
“After 5th August, 2019, all provisions of the Constitution of India have been made applicable to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) which necessitated changes in existing laws in Jammu and Kashmir by Adaptation Orders so as to conform with the provisions of the Constitution of India,” the Minister of State (MoS) in the MHA, Nityanand Rai, said in a written reply.
“As per the adapted land laws of Jammu and Kashmir, the government may, by notification in the official gazette, allow transfer of land, for public purposes such as education, charitable purpose and healthcare,” he said.
He was responding to a question by Congress MP Akhilesh Prasad Singh in Rajya Sabha on whether the government has altered the land laws of J&K wherein no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in the J&K.
To another question on whether the historic J&K Big Landed Estates Abolition
Act, 1950, has been abolished which led to the radical redistribution of land which paved way for rural prosperity and ended landlordism in J&K, the minister said, “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However, he said, this Act has been repealed and there is another legislation i.e. the Jammu & Kashmir Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976, for transfer of land to tillers which is in force.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 a ceiling restriction of 100 standard kanals (12.5 acres).