JKCSF anguished over amendments to JK land laws

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Forum, is anguished over the government decision for the amendments made in JK land laws to allow people from outside the J&K to buy land there.
JKCSF Chairman and former trade union leader Abdul Qayoom Wani in a statement vowed that people of J&K bore comprehensive domicile rights on land and jobs and it was a deception that via a gazette notification, the Centre has omitted the phrase “permanent resident of the state” from Section 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act that deals with disposal of the land in the union territory, paving the way for people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy land in J&K and Ladakh, over a year after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A.
Wani termed it as a sale-deed. He slammed the new land laws notified by the government for J&K and Ladakh and said the newly introduced JK Development Act, was “hostile to the interests of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”.
He said These new laws are unacceptable to people of J&K and Ladakh as the, “Symbolic effort of the domicile certificate has been done away with as purchasing non-agricultural land has been made easier..”
“The process is also part of a larger project aimed to destroy the local, distinguishing cultural identity of Kashmir ” he said, adding that such steps only reveal that it is not the people’s aspirations, it is rather the land which they want to hold on and are interested in.
The statement read, “The amendment uncovered the permanent residents of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh of exclusive right to acquire and hold immovable property in the state and granting such rights to non-State Subjects.”
Terming the amendment order as “huge treachery”, Wani said, “This is an immense assault on the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and totally unconstitutional.
The top brass leaders of JKCSF who showed anguish and serious concern over this illegal and unconstitutional act and owed to raise voice against it are Farooq Ahmad Trali,Nusrat Ahmad Beigh ,Mukhtar Ahmad Tantray, Haji Farooq Ahmad ,Dilber Hussain ,Dr Gh Nabi, Gh ahmad kandi,Pushpinder Singh,Ab Qayoom Lone ,Mohd Akbar Mir ,Firdous Ahmad Bhat, Er Iqbal ,Mohd Shafi Kambay,Mohd Ayoub Mir ,Molvi Mushtaq,Adv Safeer Ahmad,Adv Saqib Nabi ,Adv Owais ,Ab Majeed besides all executive members.

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