In a significant move, the Indian government paved the way on Tuesday for people from outside occupied Kashmir to buy land there by amending several laws.

The ministry of home affairs notified the “union territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020. The centre has repealed or substituted 26 state laws.

In a gazette notification, the ministry omitted the phrase “permanent resident of the state” from the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, which deals with disposal of land in India-held Kashmir.

Before repeal of Article 370 and Article 35-A in August last year, non-residents were not allowed to buy any immovable property in Kashmir. However, the fresh changes have paved the way for non-residents to buy land.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha told reporters that the amendments did not allow transfer of agricultural land to non-agriculturists.—By arrangement with Times of India

Published in Dawn, October 28th, 2020