Govt forces pay Rs 12 cr annually as rent for occupied private land in Valley

Govt forces pay Rs 12 cr annually as rent for occupied private land in Valley
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Jammu: 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 its occupation.
In a written reply to MLA Shopian, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, the home ministry led by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti herself said that the land rent under the occupation of defence forces is being revised after every five years after consultation with India’s ministry of defence.
“The latest notification in this behalf was issued vide SRO 66 of 2017 dated 21/02/2017,” the government said.
“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. “Efforts are being made to identify alternate land for accommodating the security forces suitably,” it added.
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 security 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 security forces including the Indian Army, the CRPF, BSF and other agencies in the Kashmir Valley alone.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was responding to a question by National Conference legislator Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar who had sought district-wise details of land occupied by security forces in the state.