August 19, 2019 / 6:01 PM / a month ago

Factbox: Seven Indian land laws that give special rights to people, places

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state in a bid to fully integrate its only Muslim-majority region with the rest of the country.

Article 370 of the constitution allowed the state’s permanent residents rights to property, state government jobs and college places.

As real estate developers brace for what they say will be a rush by businesses and wealthy individuals to snap up scenic locales in the state, here is a look at seven other land laws in India that give special rights to people and places.

(Sources: Indian Constitution; Govt of India Panchayat portal; Govt of Himachal Pradesh Revenue dept; Govt of Jharkhand Revenue Dept; Gujarat State portal)

Reporting by Rina Chandran @rinachandran; Editing by Zoe Tabary. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit

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