Now Govt Can Declare Any Area in J&K As Strategic At Army’s Behest

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Srinagar: The Ministry of Home Affairs Govt of India on Tuesday announced that any local area in Jammu and Kashmir can be declared as strategic by the government on the written request of army.

“Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Government may on the written request of an Army officer not below the rank of Corp Commander, declare an area as Strategic Area within a local area, only for direct operational and training requirements of armed forces, which may be excluded from the operation of this Act and rules/regulations made there under in the manner and to the extent specified in the declaration and the Government may satisfy itself about the reasons cited for declaring the area as strategic area and will have such area notified accordingly with such conditions as may be required,” reads the government order.

It also announced amendment in land laws to allow everyone in India to buy the land in Jammu and Kashmir which hitherto was exclusively meant for permanent resident of J&K.

Earlier this year, J&K administration had issued a clarification on its decision to notify certain places in the Union territory as strategic areas, to facilitate construction by the armed forces.

A number of amendments have been carried out in the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act to allow the buying of land by anyone as words such as domicile or PRC holders find mention.   

The J&K administration had made amendments to the Control of Building Operations Act-1988, and the J&K Development Act- 1970, thus giving powers to the Cantonment Board and the armed forces to carry out construction activities beyond the cantonments.

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