Rs 25,000-Cr Roshni Scam: Div Com Seeks Land Details On ‘War Footing’

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Srinagar: Over a week after the High Court declared Roshni Act ‘unconstitutional’ and all allotments invalid, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole on Wednesday directed all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) across the Valley to submit the details of state land as existed in 2001.

Chairing a meeting of DCs and other officials on Wednesday, Pole instructed DCs to submit comprehensive details of the identities of ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, police officers, government employees, businessmen, influential persons and their relatives who have derived benefit under the Roshni Act, an official spokesperson said Wednesday.

He said that the Div Com instructed the concerned to ensure no laxity and ensure implementation of Hon’ble High Court directions in letter and spirit. Pole, he said, stressed on constituting district level teams to prepare all required details on ‘war footing’.

“He instructed that details shall be provided through prescribed format with proper identities of the illegal occupation, beneficiaries of Roshni Act, payments made, defaulters and status of the land at present,” the official spokesperson said.

“He said that details of land occupation not covered under Roshni Act shall also be submitted besides all DCs shall ensure translation of documents, records wherever required and asked for accordingly,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, Pole also asked DCs to ensure putting of required information or details on their websites, besides scanning and digitization of documents at the earliest.

Emphasizing on coordinated efforts to be made by all concerned to ensure all details are submitted within the given timeline, the Div Com, official spokesperson said also instructed DCs to submit reports on encroachments removed so far and present status of the land.

“Stressing on launching an intensified anti-encroachment drive in all districts, the Div Com instructed concerned to ensure all encroached state land is retrieved from the offenders,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson the meeting was attended by DCs, Director Land Records, ADCs, CEOs of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg Development Authorities, ACRs, ACR Nazool, Tehildars and other concerned while DCs and ADCs and Revenue officers of districts attended the meeting through videoconferencing.

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