Udhampur/Jammu, February 22
On the directions of Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla, officials of the Revenue Department from the district today started the process of retrieving government land. The district administration constituted teams under the supervision of senior revenue officers to locate government land under encroachment and retrieve these. The administration has retrieved 609 kanals and 16 marlas in the district since January 2011 so far.
Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Baseer Ahmed Khan said stringent action under the law was being initiated against all those who had encroached upon land. Special teams had been constituted for the spot verification and retrieval of land in Mongouri, Galoit, Battal, Dalsar, Ladda, Hartrian, Patiardi, Kothi Malhad, Barrolla, Ram Nagar, Bhagpur, Panchari and Sial Salan villages.
Basheer Khan also constituted a special committee headed by the Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, to enquire into the complaints related to land grabbing by mafia in the district.
Meanwhile, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla has told those who have encroached upon land belonging to the state government and evacuee property to either surrender it voluntarily or face action under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
Bhalla said today that the government was planning to use its land for the construction of public property like schools, tube wells, overhead tanks, roads, bridges, offices, hospitals and multipurpose community halls.
He directed the revenue officers to fence all government land in their respective areas as per revenue records to frustrate the designs of those who encroached upon it. He asked them to retrieve the government land under the Common Land Act 1956 and put up signboards of the departments concerned for the knowledge of people. He appealed to the people to help identify the government land under encroachment in their respective areas.
On a complaint of residents of Kartholi village and Birpur, the minister directed the District Development Commissioner, Samba, Mubarak Singh, and the Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, Samba, Bansi Lal Sharma, to retrieve 1,069 kanals from a local resident.
The minister said the Samba district administration had retrieved 153 kanals and 18 marlas at Chak Nanak, Ramgarh, Samba, Salmeri, Pekhri, Ghagyal and Birpur villages. He asked the police to cooperate with the Revenue Department in the exercise. Similarly, on the directions of the minister, a large chunk of land was retrieved in the Bari Brahamana, Channi Himmat and other areas.
Gear up for retrieving Govt land from grabbers: Bhalla to officers
He was interacting with the Revenue Officers during his inspection to various sites of state lands at Industrial Estate in Jeevan Nagar (Near UCO Bank) and Langer village in Kunjwani, here this afternoon.
Bhalla asked the officers to fence all the Government lands in their respective areas as per revenue record so that the land to keep the habitual grabbers at bay.
He said the Government is planning to use state land available at various places for the construction of social infrastructure and other assets like schools, tube wells, over head tanks, roads, bridges, multipurpose community halls etc.
The Minister asked the officers to retrieve Government land with full force under Common Land Act 1956 and put sign boards of the concerned departments for the knowledge of general masses.
The Minister sought the cooperation of the people in identifying the encroached Government land in their respective areas and asked them to approach the special complaint cells established in the Deputy Commissioners offices for collecting information about encroachments on EP and State land across the State.
He appealed the people to lodge information regarding land grabbers and their name on website firstname.lastname@example.org also so that action will be initiated against them.
The Minister asked the land grabbers to vacate land voluntarily, other face action under Public Safety Act. He said Government has also received various complaints regarding fake allotments of State and EP land in different areas of the State. He asked them to enquire into the complaints and report to higher authorities for further necessary action.