Article 371 contains special provisions for a total of 11 states, including six North Eastern States, to protect their cultural identity and economic interests.
On Tuesday, the Central government issued a notification of the New Land Laws (Jammu Kashmir) making major amendments to the Law on Land Ownership Act in Jammu and Kashmir. After this notification, an Indian can buy and sell land in Jammu and Kashmir, though it will not be possible in Ladakh.
Special provisions for 11 States
According to a new home ministry notification, the Jammu and Kashmir reorganization law comes into force with immediate effect but it has not yet been implemented in Ladakh. This is due to last month’s talks between The Nata and sarkar of Ladakh. In view of the Indo-China confrontation over LAC, article 371 or sixth schedule was sought.
Article 371 contains special provisions for a total of 11 states, including six North Eastern States, to protect their cultural identity and economic interests. Ladakhi leaders have said that 90 per cent of their population is tribal, so their rights have to be protected.
Similar provisions are already applicable in states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These states have restrictions on buying land by people from other states. These measures were also agreed to by bjp leaders. At the same time, lahdc was also warned of a boycott of elections.
After bjp leaders met with senior leaders including Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and G Kishan Reddy in Delhi, local leaders were assured that their demands would be met. The BJP won 15 seats out of 26 while the Congress won only nine seats.