J&K DCs authorized to transfer agricultural land for a non-agricultural subject
The administration of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday allowed district collectors to alienate agricultural land to a non-farmer to expand the main business to a larger commercial scale.
“The Board of Directors (CA), which met here today under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, has authorized district collectors to authorize a farmer to alienate land to a non-farmer under reserve certain conditions and procedures for extending core activities on larger business lines and reaping benefits through economies of scale, ”an official spokesperson said here.
The spokesperson said that the Mahajans, Khatris and Sikhs have repeatedly requested the right to sell-buy agricultural land for investment in agriculture and related activities.
“Their resentment existed against the statutory provision which defined a certain part of society as a class of farmers who alone were eligible to own agricultural land under the J&K Land Alienation Act SVT. 1995”, a- he declared.
The spokesperson said the decision responds to long-standing demands from civil society, seeking buy-sell rights to farmland for investment in agriculture and related activities.
“It should help the reorganization of the agricultural sector and economic growth to create jobs in the primary sector of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
The Union territory has substantial potential for agriculture and related sectors which typically require land of up to 80 kanal, the spokesperson said.
He said the decision allows deputy commissioners to authorize the sale of land up to 20 kanals for agriculture and related activities, and up to 80 kanals in the case of horticultural orchards.
“The whole process will be completed within 30 days of filing a request for this,” the spokesperson said.
This stage will provide people of the non-agricultural class with the opportunity to acquire land for agriculture and related activities and to engage in activities such as profession to systematically bring new investments in the sectors of agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry, he added.
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