Mehbooba, Omar slam changes in J&K land use policy

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Srinagar: Former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah Friday lashed out at the Jammu and Kashmir administration for changes in the land use laws, claiming the new policy would adversely impact the people of the Union Territory.
Mehbooba Mufti, the PDP president, alleged the new laws enabling conversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural purposes reveals designs to engineer demographic change in Jammu and Kashmir.
The development agenda is a ruse. Latest regulation doesn’t even require the 15 yr domicile certificate as a prerequisite, she tweeted.
She was reacting to the government’s change in land use laws that allows the use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.
“After depriving locals of their rightful share of govt jobs, such abrupt policy decisions that pave the way for outsiders to buy land in J&K are taken only to further disempower locals,” she said.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the changes in the land use rules would undo the major reform undertaken in the erstwhile state.
Allowing use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes is another nail in the coffin of the land to the tiller reforms in J&K. This landmark reform has been a major reason for the low levels of poverty and it will also threaten the food security of the people of J&K, he said.
“The fact that this conversion of land use doesn’t even require the 15 year domicile certificate as a prerequisite will also rekindle fears about the motives behind such decisions,” he added. CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami also criticised the changes made to the land use laws.
“It will adversely impact our food security and be insidious for our economy,” Tarigami said.