Friday, April 6, 2012

1,72400 kanal of evacuee land under illegal occupation

Over 1,72,400 kanal of evacuee property land is either under the illegal occupation of various persons or situated in unsafe places and Revenue Department has already issued directives to subordinate field agencies to initiate eviction proceedings against them.

This information was given in a written reply by Minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla in State Assembly to the Starred question of Ch Zulfkar during the just concluded Budget session.

The Minister said out of this 164,400 kanal of land is illegally occupied in Jammu Division alone while 8065 kanal is in Kashmir Valley. The Department has so far retrieved 405 kanal of land in Kashmir Valley and 905 Kanal and four marla of land in Jammu Division. Besides 3269 kanals of land was made immune from further encroachments, he added.

The Minister said 14,11,763 Kanal and five marla of land have been notified as evacuee property in Jammu Division upto date while 58,428 kanal of land have been notified in Kashmir Valley so far, he added.

The Minister said that land measuring 57051 kanal and 17 marla in Jammu Division and 236 kanal and 11 marla in Kashmir Valley are in the occupation of Army and para military forces.

The Competent Authority for purposes of granting administrative approval for creation of new assets/ reconstruction vests with the administrative Revenue Department after having the project vetted by the Joint Development Committee (JDC) Works. However the powers of reconstruction / re-erection exercisable by the Government under J&K Evacuee Administration & Property Act 2006 have been delegated to the Custodian General, he added.

The revenue generated from evacuees property since 2007 till January 31 this year is Rs 40 8151890.70 while Rs 179878655.00 were involved in expenditure on management of this property since this period.

The year wise revenue generated is Rs 10,37,94,658.00, in 2007-08 Rs 6,90,41,162.00, in 2008-09, Rs 9,85,41,313.00, in 2009-10, Rs 8,16,49,028.73, in 2010-11 and Rs 5,51,25,729.00, in 2011-12.

While the revenue generation was highest in 2007-08 it was lowest in 2011 –12.

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