Exclusive: Guv revokes Mehbooba Mufti’s ‘women empowering’ stamp duty waiver order

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People's Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government led by Governor, Satya Pal Malik has passed an order to revoke the Mehbooba Mufti’s government’s order of abolishing stamp duty on the sale of properties owned by women in Kashmir.

Citing the powers conferred by clause (a) of section 9 of the Stamp Act Svt. 1977, the order read that the Government has been satisfied that revoking the previous order is in public interest.

Copy of the order.

In May last year, Ms. Mufti-led government abolished stamp duty on the properties being registered in the name of female members of the family. The particular step earned applauds from around the country, and was also labeled as ‘landmark decision for women empowerment’.

Back then, The United Nations Women India also endorsed the decision and tweeted: “@unwomenindia acknowledges the positive measure taken by the J&K Government to abolish stamp duty on the sale of #property registered in the name of #females. Huge step towards #women’s #empowerment! @MehboobaMufti.”

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