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After the abrogation of Article 370 and the removal of restrictions, land allotment in Kashmir witnesses change

Since the removal of restrictions, non-residents have purchased seven pieces of land in J&K, all in Jammu: The government informs Rajya Sabha

On Wednesday, the Parliament received a report that a total of seven plots of land were purchased in Jammu and Kashmir by non-residents, i.e people outside the union territory, as per the inputs provided by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. 

This statement was recorded by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai when he responded to a question raised by Jharna Das Baidya, a member of the Rajya Sabha. Rai further stated that each one of the seven sites is located in Jammu alone. 

In 2019, Article 370 got removed in a unilateral decision made by the Indian government, which resulted in J&K losing its special status. On October 10 last year, restrictions imposed on the acquisition and exchange of land in Jammu and Kashmir were lifted, allowing non-domiciles, that is, anyone from outside the union territory, to buy land within the region.

Yesterday, the Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha questioned the government regarding the deadline for granting statehood to the union territories of J&K and Ladakh. 

The special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir, under Article 370 of the Constitution, was revoked on August 5, 2019. It was the state legislature that possessed the constitutional authority to determine who was a resident. Earlier, only people who were declared a resident were eligible to seek jobs or own property there.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act of 2019, divided the state into two union territories: J&K and Ladakh and also abolished the special status enjoyed by them. 

J&K administration approves the use of state land for civil purposes

Recently, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha accepted the Revenue Department's proposal to transfer several parcels of property for public purposes. The above-mentioned meeting was attended by Chief Secretary JK Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Farooq Khan and Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Nitishwar Kumar

The Administrative Council authorised the lease of 15 Kanal of land to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) for 40 years in the village in Jammu. Residence facilities for tourists and travellers, along with a disaster management centre, are a part of the plan. Construction of such amenities will increase the number of pilgrims for those who visit the sacred cave, resulting in significant indirect employment. This will also guarantee the abidance of the National Green Tribunal's and Supreme Court's directives.

The Administrative Council also authorised the transferred land to the Health and Medical Education Department for constructing a 50-bed integrated AYUSH hospital in Budgam district. In addition, the School Education Department received a block of land of 28 Kanal in village Donipawa, Tehsil and District Anantnag to build a Kendriya Vidyalaya. 

The opening of the school is expected to provide educational opportunities for the students and at the same time raise the standards of education in the neighbourhood.

Additionally, another plot of land has been granted to the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj for constructing a rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI). This is set to provide skill development training to youngsters and enhance employment generation. Many other facilities were granted with separate lands as per requirement. With this in action, there have been rapid changes in land use and land allocation in Jammu and Kashmir. Nonetheless, apart from implementing arbitrary administrative decisions, the people in the valley need to be taken into our confidence by making their voices heard and making life better for them.

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