Border fencing leaves 40,267 acres in JK uncultivated
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Jammu, May 30: Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday said 40,267 acres of land was lying uncultivated between border fencing and zero-line on the Indo-Pak border in the state due to restrictions in the area. The farmers, it said, were not given compensation for the acquired fields.
“About 3,22,142 kanals (40267 acres) of land including agriculture fields are lying barren in between the border fencing and International Border (IB), Line of Control (LOC),” Financial Commissioner, Home Department, said in a report submitted to an Assembly panel.
Army and BSF have constructed three-tiered fencing with flood lighting along 920 kms of borderline. This vast stretch of land has been inaccessible for local population and farmers due to the border fencing, the report said. “Since the indent for land acquisition has not been issued, no compensation has been paid to the land owners till date,” the report, made available to the media here, said.
Land acquisition cases were taken up with security forces and they were requested to pay lease amount for land till the same was acquired under Land Acquisition Act, it said.
The issue was taken up for discussion at a highest level meeting chaired by the Union Cabinet Secretary in New Delhi, wherein it was assured that it would be sorted out and compensation paid to affected land holders. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Committee on Government Assurances asked the government to collect details of agriculture land located between fencing and Indo-Pak border and compensation paid, so far, to land holders.
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