Roshni Act: Admin Orders Cancellation Of Land Mutations

Jammu: The divisional administration in Jammu on Thursday directed all the Deputy Commissioners to cancel all the mutations of the state land transferred under Roshni Act in the districts.

Mutation is the transfer or change of title made in the revenue records.

The directions in this regard were issued by Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma during a video conference meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the division, an official spokesperson said.

Verma, he said directed the DCs to start the process immediately and submit details in the prescribed format regarding land transferred under Roshni Act.

“He asked them to share details i.e. number of beneficiaries in whose favour the land has been transferred, total number of land whether it is residential or agriculture, whether mutations cancelled or not, and other details,” the official spokesperson said.

“The Divisional Commissioner also asked the DCs to share details of other state land encroached in their respective districts,” he added.

Besides it, the official spokesperson said that Divisional Commissioner also directed the DCs to expunge all entries of illegally encroached state land from the revenue record and further upload all these details on websites of the respective districts.

In the meeting, the official spokesperson said that the DCs informed that the process of cancellation has been started in most of the tehsils while in other tehsils the process is starting soon.

“Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also directed the DCs to finalize stamp duty rates of the immovable property in the districts,” he added.

The Roshni Act was enacted during the Dr. Farooq Abdullah regime and targeted to earn Rs 25,000 crore by transferring 20 lakh kanals of State land to existing occupants against payment at market rates.

In 2014, the Comptroller and Auditor General estimated that only Rs 76 crore had been realized from the transfer of encroached land between 2007 and 2013.

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