Jammu: If figures are anything to go by, the Jammu and Kashmir government seems to have made little headway as far as its plans to “boost the financial resources of the state” through the much-hyped Roshni scheme are concerned.
In a written reply to a question by an MLA regarding the scheme, the government on Friday informed the Legislative Assembly it has approved ownership rights of over 2,54,439 kanals of land in the state under various categories at an approved cost of Rs 31,710 lakh, but the returns have been just Rs 7,602 lakh so far.
The Roshini scheme of the Jammu and Kashmir Lands (vesting of ownership of the occupants) Act 2001 envisages conferring of ownership rights to the occupants of state land and generating revenue for augmenting the hydropower in the state and other welfare programs.
The scheme was estimated to generate Rs 25,000 crore for the state by selling the state land at less than market rates to the people who have illegally occupied it.
The government said that 4,44,298 kanals of land in 10 districts of Kashmir Valley have brought only Rs 5,403 lakh against the approved cost of Rs 12,348 lakh.
While in 10 districts of Jammu division, the government has got Rs 7602 lakh for 1477199 kanals of land as against the approved cost of Rs 19364 lakh.
The government informed that 20,46,441 kanals of state land is under occupation in the state with 1602143 kanals in Jammu region and 444298 kanals in Kashmir division.
So far the government has received 254439 applications for proprietary rights for 1786309 kanals of the encroached land for which 175360 applications have been disposed off.
In Kashmir division the government has received 107010 applications for 309188 kanals of encroached land but so far 53188 applications have been disposed off. While in Jammu division, the government has received 147429 applications of which 122172 have been disposed off so far.