Srinagar: In a significant development, Jammu & Kashmir government has withdrawn a 49-year- old directive under which acquisition/requisition of land by Army and paramilitary forces required no objection certificate (NoC) from its Home department.
The development comes as the Central law on land acquisition is being extended to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier, acquisition of land by Army, CRPF, BSF and other similar agencies required NoC from Home department as per a previous state government circular issued in 1971.
“In view of the extension of Right to Fair compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 to the UT of J&K, the circular No. Rev(LB) 71/13-A dated 27.08.1971 which prescribed obtaining of No Objection Certificate from the Home Department for Acquisition/Requisition of land in favour of Army, BSF/CRPF and similar organisation, is hereby withdrawn,” states an order issued by the UT’s Revenue Department on July 24.
The Act is applicable to acquisition of land for strategic purposes relating to naval, military, air force, and armed forces of the Union, including central paramilitary forces or any work vital to national security or defence of India or State police.