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Srinagar: The abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government in August 2019 opened the door for outsiders to purchase land and property, get government jobs, and attend higher education institutions.

The legislation allowed the government of the former state to identify and maintain those rights as “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Center paved the way for citizens outside Jammu and Kashmir to purchase land in the jurisdiction of the Union by amending a number of laws about a year after the repeal of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution.

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Ex Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah objected to the amendments.

Through a gazette notification, the Center exempted the term “permanent resident of the State” from section 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, which deals with the disposal of land in the jurisdiction of the Union.

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Prior to repealing Article 370 and Article 35-A in August last year, non-residents did not right to purchase any land or immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the new changes opened the way for non-residents to purchase property in the jurisdiction of the Union.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha told to reporters that the amendments did not facilitate the conversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural land.