J&K Govt Sets Jan 31 Deadline For Retrieving All State Lands

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Div Coms, DCs Ordered To Remove 100% Encroachments From State Land By Jan 31

In a move that will have far reaching consequences, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered all the Deputy Commissioners to ensure 100% removal of encroachments from state land, including Roshni and Kahcharai by the end of this month.

“The department has issued instructions from time to time and, further, in pursuance to the meeting held on 15.12.2022 through virtual mode under the chairmanship of the Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Revenue Department, it has been directed that the all Deputy Commissioners shall ensure that all encroachments on State land including Roshni and Kahcharai land are removed to the extent of 100% by January 31, 2023,” reads an order issued by Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Commissioner Secretary to the Government.

Bidhuri has also listed a set of instructions for effective monitoring of the anti-encroachment drive.

According to the order, Deputy Commissioners have been directed to draw up a daily anti-encroachment drive plan and also nominate Additional Deputy Commissioners as District Nodal Officers for coordination and effective implementation of the drive.

“Deputy Commissioners should constitute teams of Revenue officers for removal of the encroachments and personally monitor the drive,” the order reads, adding that both the Divisional Commissioners shall also monitor the drive.

Besides it, the Commissioner Secretary has also sought daily progress reports from Divisional Commissioners for which concerned Assistant Commissioner (Central) will be the Nodal Officer.

The order further seeks daily reports from DCs by 4 pm while Divisional Commissioners have been asked to furnish the compiled reports through Financial Commissioner Revenue, J&K by 5 pm to the Administrative Department Revenue in a given format.

According to the given formats for State Land including Roshni, besides Kahcharai the DCs have been directed to submit details of total encroached land as on the day, encroachment removed day wise, balance encroachment to be removed and percentage of encroachment yet to be removed.

The order by Bidhuri comes in the backdrop of a massive anti-encroachment drive across J&K during which thousands of kanals of state land have been retrieved.

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