NEW DELHI: J&K Chief Secretary B B Vyas raised the issue of the army’s vacating land at Tattoo Ground in Srinagar, High Ground in Anantnag, Khumbathang and Khurbathang in Kargil and at some areas in Leh during a meeting on Saturday with officials of the Union Defence Ministry, the defence estates and the army.
The meeting was called to discuss land issues flagged by the civil administration during the Chief Secretary’s extensive visit to various districts recently.
The Chief Secretary specifically referred to land issues at Khumbathang and Khurbathang in Kargil, Tattoo Ground in Srinagar, High Ground in Anantnag and some areas in Leh, all of which are needed by the civilian administration for raising public infrastructure, a press statement said.
The Chief Secretary called for resolving all outstanding, land-related issues in a time-bound manner, taking into consideration both the strategic imperatives of the army and the requirements of the civilian administration and the local population in the respective districts.
Vyas also raised with the Defence Ministry officers the issue of revision of rent on land under army use in the state. He also discussed the issue of enhancement of rates of compensation to populations affected by firing ranges in various parts of the state, as the livelihoods of many in the villages depend on the income from such pieces of land.
He also requested for extension of the facility of airlifting civilians by the Air Force (including casualties of accident and blast cases and those suffering from terminal illnesses) from far-flung areas which get cut off from the mainland in winter due to snowfall and other natural occurrences.
The Defence Ministry officers have assured the Chief Secretary that all these issues would be looked into with urgency.
The Chief Secretary was accompanied by the Principal Secretary, Home, R K Goyal; Principal Resident Commissioner, J&K Govt, R K Gupta; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal and other senior officers of the J&K government.