45,015 kanals transferred in Jammu district under Roshni Act, 327 in Srinagar
SRINAGAR: In Jammu city, where Gujjar Muslims were hounded out of some areas for illegally occupying state land—their houses were burnt and one youth was shot dead—as many as 1,18,071 kanals of land is under the illegal occupation of the people.
This was revealed in the assembly by revenue minister Basharat Bukhari on Saturday. In Srinagar city, 41,078 kanals of land is under illegal possession of people. Bukhari was replying to a question by MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami.
While 498 kanals of land has been freed of illegal encroachments in Srinagar, none has been freed in Jammu.
“The cases of applicants/occupants over state land measuring 1,18,071 kanals-04 marlas have been rejected and Revenue field functionaries have been directed to take necessary action under J&K State Land (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001 from time to time and the process is under progress. However in certain cases status quo has been issued by the Hon’ble High Court of J&K, Jammu. The department is pursuing the cases vigorously for vacating the status quo to proceed further.”
The government also cited that the particulars and lists of persons holding the State land illegally in Jammu and Srinagar cities is voluminous and is being compiled and collected.
However, in a separate question when asked about the details and particulars of the land transferred under Roshni Act (another name for J&K State Land Act) to the beneficiaries particularly in the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar, the government replied, “Of 64,543 kanals 11 marlas transferred to the occupants under the J&K State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act in the State, 45,015 kanals 9 marlas have been transferred in Jammu district, including Jammu city, and 327 kanals 12 marlas in Srinagar district, including Srinagar city.”