CPM LEADER Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the central notification allowing people from other parts of the country to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir.
In his application, Tarigami, who has already filed a writ petition challenging the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to J&K, and the state’s reorganisation into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, urged the court to stay the central notification dated October 26, 2020 till his petition is decided.
In his plea, Tarigami contended that the government’s power to make such laws comes from the “Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 which in itself is unconstitutional” and hence the notification is also without force of law.
The plea said the amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, 1970, made through the notification, will allow any non-resident to buy agricultural land and to use it for non-agricultural/commercial purpose with the permission of the government.
He submitted that agriculture and allied sectors continue to be the predominant source of livelihood for more than 70 per cent of J&K’s population and contribute nearly 50 per cent to Gross Domestic State Product. “However, over the past two decades, agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir has been shirking as a result of diversion of agricultural land for rapid urbanisation. It has also come to light that agricultural focus has gradually shifted from cultivation of foodgrains,” he said.
“The present amendment will only create a situation where the said change in land use for commercial purposes is accelerated thereby forcing the people of Kashmir to shift from agriculture. Gradually, Jammu and Kashmir will have to rely on other states for its food demands as agriculture will no longer be preferred, which is not in the best interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Tarigami said in his plea.
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