The sources told PTI that the Quartermaster for Commanding officer of the 19 Infantry Division Ordnance Unit has written to the district administration, requesting it to inform if the administration wishes to sell the land to the
The Army has sought the district administration reply by May 30, the PTI reported quoting the sources. It is perhaps for the first time that the Army has directly written to the department concerned for purchasing land in the Valley.
Prior to the abrogation of Article 370
on August 5 last year, the defence estates officer would write to Jammu and Kashmir
government for getting lease of the land required by the Army.
Article 370 deals with special powers conferred upon the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It allows the state constituent Assembly to make its own Constitution, thereby giving it an “autonomous state” power. After the accession of the state to India in 1947, Article 370 served as a “mechanism for managing Centre-state relations with specific reference to Jammu and Kashmir,” senior journalist, late B G Verghese, had said in his book 'A J&K Primer'.
Apart from the autonomy, Article 370 also lends other powers such as the need of “concurrence of the state government” if the central government plans to make amendments to the concurrent list of subjects.