Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought the intervention of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the return of state land no longer required by the army.
In a meeting on Sunday with Sitharaman at Pahalgam, where the defence minister had come to attend a meeting of the executive council of Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, Mehboba brought several issues pertaining to defence to the Union minister’s notice.
The chief minister pressed for the speeding up of cases of revision and payment of rent to land owners of High Ground, Anantnag, whose land was being used by the army, an official spokesman said.
He said that the chief minister also sought intervention of the defence minister for the return of land which was no longer required for operational purposes by the army.
The spokesman said that Sitharaman assured Mufti that she would look into the issue of revision and payment of rent to land owners of High Ground, Anantnag. She regretted the delay and inconvenience caused all these years to the land owners who have not been paid rent.
Sitharaman said that it was during her first meeting with Mufti recently that her attention was drawn towards this issue by the chief minister.
A delegation of land owners also met the defence minister and apprised her of their problem, the spokesman said.
Sitharaman assured the delegation that she would try to fast track their case of rent payment and revision, he said.