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Centre notifies Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh land laws, removes restriction on purchase of land

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New Delhi (ILNS): In a latest development, the ministry of Home Affairs has notified land laws paving the way for Indian citizens to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The ministry in a statement stated that the order will be called Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, 2020. The order also said that the Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh land laws, shall come into force with immediate effect. The General Clauses Act, 1897 applies for the interpretation of law in force in the territory of India.

With the abrogation of Article 370, earlier in September 2019, the act re-constituted the former state of J&K into two union territories, ‘J&K’ and ‘Ladakh’.

“With immediate effect, the Acts mentioned in the Schedule to this Order shall, until repealed or amended by a competent Legislature or other competent authority, have an effect, subject to the adaptations and modifications directed by the said Schedule, or if it is so directed, shall stand repealed,” read the order,” read the official notification.

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The legislations which are being repealed as whole through the government order include the Jammu and Kashmir Alienation Of Land Act (V of Samvat 1995), the Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act (XVII Samvat 2007), The Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Jammu and Kashmir Consolidation Of Holdings Act, 1962, among others.

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