Govt To Act Against Violators Of Migrant Property Act

Abandoned Pandit house in Kashmir | File Pic

Dept Ordered To Develop Portal To Help KPs File Applications

Firdaus Ali

Srinagar: Two days after parliament was informed that nine properties of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir have been restored to the original owners, the Union Territory administration on Friday ordered creation of an online portal to facilitate queries and complaints by migrants about their properties.

“The department of disaster management relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction will develop an online portal for filing of applications by the migrants for correction of records/demarcation and removal of encroachments/ trespassing and alienation by way of fraud or distress, etc,” reads an order issued on Friday by Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, Shaleen Kabra.

The order also ordered that the application filed on the portal to be disposed of in a fixed time-frame under the Public Service Guarantee Act, 2011 by the Revenue authorities under intimation to the applicant.

“The competent authority (District Magistrate) shall undertake survey/ field verification of migrant properties and update all registers, within a period of 15 days and submit compliance report to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir,” reads the order.

The order also warns that any violation of the J&K Migrant Immoveable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sales) Act-1997 shall be taken cognizance by the competent authority (district magistrate) with timely action for eviction, custody and restoration of such properties and also action against the violators.

“The revenue officers shall dispose off cases on priority, with due consideration to the circumstances and specifically, while taking decision with regard to the limitation period,” it adds.

The order by J&K administration comes two days after Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Rajya Sabha that nine properties of Kashmiri Pandits had been restored to original owners so far in J&K and the district magistrates (DMs) were the legal custodians of the immovable properties of the migrants, who take suo moto action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment, while the migrants can also request DMs in such cases. (With PTI inputs)

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