New land laws are a major step forward for the development of J&K.

Srinagar, October 03: The new land laws are being hailed by the people of Jammu and Kashmir as a major step forward for the development and growth of J&K.

The historic initiative of the government is not only ensuring holistic development of all sectors but also improving agriculture and allied sectors.

The Government of J&K is constantly working to create a modern, efficient, transparent and citizen-friendly UT that preserves and protects the land.

The new land laws, which replaced the old laws of the erstwhile state of J&K, will help improve the agricultural sector, promote rapid industrialization, aid economic growth and create employment.

Key amendments were made to four major state laws governing the ownership, sale and purchase of land in the former state.

These are the J&K Development Act, 1970, the J&K Land Revenue Act, 1996, the Agrarian Reforms Act, 1976 and the J&K Land Grants Act, 1960.

The provision of land for industrial use will open wide employment opportunities for the youth who are always longing for the industrial revolution in J&K to get better employment opportunities.

According to the new land law, agricultural land can only be sold to an agriculturist, defined as a person who cultivates private land in UTA.

The term ‘agricultural land’ unambiguously includes not only agriculture but also horticulture and allied agro-activities.

The broadest definition includes not only vegetables, but also poultry, livestock and others. While the progressive provisions of the repealed laws have been retained by inclusion in the revised Land Revenue Act, new provisions have been added to modernize the existing laws.

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