Disturbing land status will cause restlessness in J&K: Congress

Disturbing land status will cause restlessness in J&K: Congress
Referring to the directions of the Supreme Court and the High Court that no permission should be granted for conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural purposes, Mir said that the Center had also assured the people of J&K from time to time about it and needed to respect it.File/ GK

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir Saturday urged the government not to disturb the land status in J&K as that would lead to further disappointment and restlessness among the people, which had to be avoided.

A statement of Congress issued here quoted Mir as saying that the agricultural land needs to be protected in J&K rather than changing its status from agricultural to non-agricultural land.

He demanded rollback of the decision saying it was bound to cause restlessness in Kashmir as well as Jammu.

“Many random decisions including the recent one on land use policy have been rolled out,” Mir said and slammed the recent change in land use laws announced by the government while demanding immediate rollback of the decisions keeping in view the significance of agricultural land and interests of the people.

He said J&K had vast horticulture production and horticulture was the backbone of its economy.

“So, the government must take measures to boost the Horticulture production rather than changing land use policy,” Mir said.

He said that the land conversion amounts to demographic changes in J&K, which would have far-reaching repercussions.

Referring to the directions of the Supreme Court and the High Court that no permission should be granted for conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural purposes, Mir said that the Center had also assured the people of J&K from time to time about it and needed to respect it.

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