JAMMU, Jan 17: Several Members of Legislative Assembly today demanded time-bound action to retrieve the encroached State and Kahcharai land and effective measures to make each and every official of the Revenue Department accountable for their functioning.
Initiating the discussion on the grants of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Department, BJP MLA Jewan Lal said, “corruption in the Revenue Department should be the major area of concern for the Government”. He demanded that a committee of experts should be constituted to suggest in a time bound manner the measures to get rid of this deep rooted menace”.
He called for creation of infrastructure for the new administrative units and separate sub-division for Billawar, speeding up of Roshni cases of the area, adequate compensation to owners of the land acquired for various projects and sanctioning of staff for the newly created administrative units. He further called for ensuring effective implementation of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) to benefit the people living in rural and far-flung areas with regard to the delivery of requisite services within the stipulated time period.
National Conference MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone demanded adequate compensation to the people whose property including houses, orchards were damaged during the September 2014 floods. He also demanded creation of infrastructure besides adequate staff for the newly created administrative units in Sonawari constituency.
He also stressed on rationalization of revenue officials particularly Patwaris and speeding up the process of bandobast. “It is a matter of serious concern that Patwaris remain posted in a particular Patwar halqa for years together and they manage to get their transfer orders modified by exerting pressure from different quarters”, he said. He demanded effective measures for retrieving the Kahcharai and State land which has been illegally occupied.
PDP MLA Javid Mustafa Mir pleaded for keeping adequate budgetary provision for maintenance of the assets of the Revenue Department. He called for providing PRCs within the shortest possible time for the convenience of the people and digitization of revenue records. “As far as corruption in the department is concerned, the same is known to everybody in this House and effective steps should be taken to bring an end to this menace”.
Congress MLA Aijaz Ahmed Khan advocated for making newly created administrative units functional. “The administrative units which were created by previous dispensation are still clamouring for staff”, he said while quoting numerous instances of his constituency. He called for speeding up the land acquisition cases and also providing compensation due to the owners maintaining that the Government should also explore the possibility of holding negotiation for speeding up the process and also making it time bound. He also pleaded for making the settlement process time-bound.
National Conference MLA from Nagrota Devender Singh Rana raised a banner in protest against perpetual delay of the PDP-BJP Government in making functional the Jindrah tehsil office, which had been sanctioned by Omar Abdullah-led Government. He lowered the banner reading “Activate Jindrah Tehsil” only after the Chair assured that the Revenue Minister will do everything possible to activate the tehsil.
He said that present dispensation had assured in the House that the matter with regard to sanctioning of staff for tehsil office at Jindrah and other administrative units was being examined by the Finance Department. “Twice I raised this issue in the Assembly last year but except assurances the Government has not made any forward movement in this regard”, he said.
Hakeem Mohammad Yasin demanded steps for eviction of illegal occupants of State and Kahcharai land in district Budgam. He also sought filling up of posts in newly created administrative units in the State and sanctioning of Tehsil office for Arizal in Khan-Sahib Constituency.
Pawan Kumar Gupta demanded that details about State land transferred under Roshni Act separately in each district of the State with full particulars of land and measurement vis-a-vis cost should be submitted to house. He also demanded that outcome of inquiry into the gross illegalities committed in process of cases under Roshni Act and losses caused to the State exchequer with names of accused involved be made public.
He also demanded time bound action to retrieve the State and Kahcharai land illegally occupied in different parts of the State.
BJP MLA Daleep Singh Parihar demanded early sanctioning of relief in favor of the affected families whose houses were damaged in different natural calamities of his constituency. He also pleaded for early release of funds under SDRF besides timely disposal of cases pending under Roshni Scheme.
Bashir Ahmad Dar advocated for bringing transparency and revamping the functioning of the Revenue Department, adding “Revenue Department is a mirror of the Government and it has to be strengthened at all the levels”. Rajiv Jasrotia said measures should be taken to revitalize the Revenue Department, adding “steps are required to be taken to stop the land convergence and streamlining of issuance of State Subject certificates”.
Deldan Namgiyal demanded special measures for the streamlining the working of the Revenue Department in Nobra constituency. He also demanded increase in the quantum of SDRF and also for inclusion of people from Kargil in ALC. Mohammad Amin Bhat demanded rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir valley and also compensation to the 2014 flood affected people of Anantnag district.
Noor Mohammad Sheikh said that Revenue Department should be revitalized and officials should be made accountable for their functioning while as Rajesh Gupta called for undertaking a comprehensive exercise of valuation of custodian assets.
Raja Manzoor Ahmed demanded compensation for the people whose houses were damaged in disasters. He also asked for making the newly established administrative units fully functional besides treating migrants of Karnah tehsil at par with Kashmir Pandit migrants.
Javed Ahmed Rana advocated for providing compensation to the families affected due to border shelling and farmers affected due to drought in the Pir Panchal region. He demanded filling of vacant posts of revenue staff. Er Abdul Rashid asked the Pandits to come to Kashmir and the people of Kashmir will help in their integrated rehabilitation. He demanded early release of relief to the people whose houses/stocks got damaged due to fire, floods and other natural calamities.
Abdul Majeed Paddar demanded compensation and rehabilitation for flood victims while as Abdul Majid Larmi advocated for opening of new Naibats at Frisal, Kader, Batingoo and Sangam in Homshalibugh constituency.