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News Article: 12,326 acres defence land under encroachment: Antony


Posted: Tuesday, Aug 02, 2011 at 1626 hrs IST
Tags: Land Encroachment | A K Antony | Short Service Commission

New Delhi: Over 12,000 acre of defence land across the country is under encroachment.

"A total of 12,326 acres of defence land is under encroachment...862 cases pertaining to encroachment are pending in different courts," Defence Minister A K Antony said yesterday in reply to a Lok Sabha query.

With more than 17 lakh acres land under them, the Defence forces are one of the largest owners of land in the country.

As per the state-wise data, 3,080 acres land is under encroachment in Uttar Pradesh followed by 1,491 acres in Madhya Pradesh.

The Defence Minister said the Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE) has initiated a programme for computerisation of defence land registration.

"Two projects -- one on digitisation of land records involving scanning, indexing and the other on the survey of land -- have been sanctioned recently to be completed in a time bound manner," he said.

In reply to another query, the Defence Ministry said it was considering a proposal to bring Short Service Commission (SSC) officers under ex-servicemen contributory health scheme to attract more youths to join the forces....

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