Forces pay Rs 12 cr annual rent for private land in Kashmir: Govt

Forces pay Rs 12 cr annual rent for private land in Kashmir: Govt

Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday revealed that the defence establishments in Kashmir valley including that of Ladakh region pay an annual rent of Rs 12 crore for the private land under their occupation.
In a written reply to MLA Shopian, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, the home ministry led by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the land rent under the occupation of defence forces is being revised after every five years.
“The defence forces pay an annual rent of private land of Rs 12, 38, 21, 481,” said Mehbooba in the legislative assembly.
The details given by the government said that the most of rent being paid to private land holders by defence forces is in Baramulla district in northern Kashmir and amounts to Rs 3, 06, 71, 280 followed by Pulwama where defence forces pay Rs 2, 47, 71, 022.
In Ladakh region, defence forces pay a rental of Rs 83, 20, 120 to private land holders in Kargil while it is Rs 41, 04, 451 in Leh.
The government also said that 2887 kanals and 17 marlas of horticulture land is under occupation of defence forces in Valley. “Efforts are being made to vacate the horticulture land from defence forces,” it said.
The government also told that assembly on January 10 that at least 4,30,933 kanals of land across the entire state are under the occupation of various forces agencies including the Army.
Of 4.3 lakh kanals of land, 3,79,933 kanals are being occupied by security agencies in the Kashmir region, including Ladakh.
At least 1,21,125.07 kanals of land are under the occupation of government forces including the Indian Army, the CRPF, BSF and other agencies in the Kashmir Valley alone.

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