House Panel calls for retrieving outside state properties

JAMMU: The Departmental Related Standing Committee (DRSC-III) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council has called for taking appropriate measures for proper upkeep and retrieval of government assets located in different  States of the country.
The DRSC that met here today under the chairmanship of Dr Bashir Ahmad Shah Veeri reviewed the status of assets and facilities available at Government Guest Houses in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Amritsar etc. The Committee held detailed deliberations on various issues related to the functioning of the Guest Houses and sought details of measures initiated for retrieving the properties from the illegal possession of private parties there.
Legislators, Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Ramesh Arora, Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Sham Lal Bhagat and Sofi Yousuf were also present in the meeting and shared their concerns and viewpoints.
The Committee impressed upon the Hospitality and Protocol Department to take all necessary steps for improvement and renovation of infrastructure, proper upkeep of facilities in the Government Guest Houses for the visiting dignitaries, guests and patients from the Jammu and Kashmir.
While reviewing the status of pending court cases in these States, the Committee urged the Law Secretary to hire the services of senior and reputed lawyers to defend these cases and retrieve the assets worth crores of rupees. It also directed for reviewing the lease case of the land at Mumbai with some private concern and apprising the committee about its status.
Financial Commissioner, Planning and Development Department, B.B. Vyas briefed the Committee about the status of properties outside the State, besides present status of court cases at Amritsar, Chandigarh and Mumbai.
Principal Resident Commissioner, R K Gupta, Secretary Law, Abdul Majid Bhat, Additional Secretary in CM’s Secretariat, Pankaj Kumar Sharma and other concerned officers of the Hospitality and Protocol Department and Council Secretariat were also present in the meeting.

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