It sounds strange and ludicrous that the land belonging to the State of Jammu and Kashmir with the current market value of over Rs. 150 crore has been more than encroached upon , falling in the category of “grabbed” in Amritsar Punjab and the State Government is practically doing nothing in this regard.
Erstwhile Dogra rulers of the State, much before partition of the country, had purchased this chunk of land measuring over 32 kanals. No efforts are on record having been taken by the successive State Governments to retrieve this land from the grabbers, using beside other means, the good offices of the Punjab Government in this regard.
Another 20 kanals of land purchased in early 1950s on 2- Court Road Amritsar in Punjab where JK House is located valuing over Rs. 120 crore , though under the “control and possession” of the State Government, has been in a State of shambles and if no concrete steps are taken , it might as well go the same way as the 32 kanals land under reference. The JK House has a sanctioned staff strength of 18 while as only four employees including a daily wager are working there and they , obviously can do very little to look after and maintain this State property.
Since not even a gardener is posted in this JK House , the adjacent plot of it has turned into sort of a jungle with wild bushes and grass and is invitation to the land grabber mafia and other elements to encroach or alter the position of this huge plot.
Not only this, residents from the State aspiring to visit Amritsar even for medical treatment are not provided any accommodation there as more than 50 percent of the accommodation has been occupied by the staff members and their relatives. No repairs or any sort of maintenance are taken care of and kitchen facilities too are stopped there with the result that anyone managing to stay there cannot have even morning tea and breakfast. There is lot of irregularities like attempts to sell the land and other practices adopted which need an inquiry of the highest level so that not only the people come to know about the same but suitable action too is taken. The State Government needs to walk the talk and act suitably in the matter.