A farmer carrying grass on a pushcart in a Pulwama village in southern Kashmir
A farmer carrying grass on a pushcart in a Pulwama village in southern Kashmir. (Photo by Reshi Irshad)

NEW DELHI — Seven plots of land have been bought by outsiders in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one year ever since the Central government brought new land laws for J&K where earlier land could only be purchased by residents of the region, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs informed Parliament on Wednesday.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha by CPI (Marxist) leader Jharna Das on the issue, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai elaborated that all the seven plots of land bought by people from outside J&K are located in Jammu and no such purchase has been made in the Kashmir Valley.

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In October last year, the Central government notified new land rules, allowing any Indian citizen to purchase non-agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir.

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