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Congress rejects notification of new land laws in J&K: JKPCC chief

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Apni Party says its delegation will call on PM, HM

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Wednesday said his party rejects the new land laws notified by the Centre for the Union territory.

“The new land law is another gift of BJP to people of J&K. The Congress party rejects the new land laws and vows to fight for protection of rights,” Mir said addressing a public gathering in Gurez area of Bandipora district.

The Centre had on Tuesday cleared the decks for people from across the country to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir by amending several laws.

In a gazette notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs made several changes to the land laws, including one that allows use of agricultural land for setting up facilities of public purpose.

The most important amendment has been made in the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act that deals with disposal of land with the Centre omitting the phrase “permanent resident of the state” from Section 17 of the law.

Reacting to the notification, Mir said betrayal and politics of deceit was the hallmark of BJP, which was hell-bent upon snatching everything from the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by amending and bringing in different laws.

The party leader said the central government was least bothered about the aspirations of the people and “takes decisions, which were one-sided, politically motivated and against the wishes of the people”.

He termed the new land laws as an assault on the rights of people saying Congress party would not accept such “anti-J&K decisions” by the Centre.

“The new land law is bound to create unease in the J&K, which has been downgraded into two Union territories post abrogation of special status.

“People not only in J&K, but in the entire country have realised that BJP was hell-bent on implementing its agenda undemocratically, unconditionally, besides incorporating different laws from time to time, aiming to change the narratives,” Mir said.

Meanwhile Apni Party today said the amendments that have been made to the J&K land laws are arbitrary in nature and are totally unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The party also described the “superficial restrictions” imposed on sale of Agricultural land by virtue of an amendment to J&K Land Revenue Act are totally vague and unacceptable, and resolved to put in all efforts to get these amendments revisited.

It said the new land laws notified by the union government are unfortunately “in total contradiction with the commitments made by the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister with the people of J&K on the floor of the Parliament”.

Party said a delegation consisting of a few senior office-bearers would seek an appointment and call on the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister in New Delhi to invite their intervention into this matter.

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