‘1283 kanals JK land under illegal occupation in Punjab, Haryana’

State Gets Peanuts As Rent For Commercial Establishments It Owns Outside


Jammu, Mar 12: Jammu and Kashmir government has been unable to retrieve around 1283 kanals of land under illegal occupation in Haryana and Punjab, while it is receiving “peanuts” as rent for commercial establishments it owns outside the state.
 In a written reply to a question of Bashir Ahmed Veeri, the government informed Legislative Council that 1251 kanlas of land owned by Jammu and Kashmir and situated at prime location at Sirsa Haryana continues to be under illegal possession. The land was initially leased out for five years from 1957 to 1962 to Bajwa Brothers. “They managed to transfer its ownership in favour of Mirpur Cooperative Society by an order dated 2-04-1986 passed by Assistant Collector, first Class/District Revenue Officer Sirsa,” the government said, adding, “Since a revision petition filed by the state has been dismissed by the Commissioner, Hissar on 13-01-2012, a writ petition as vetted by the learned Advocate General JK is being filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court through ML Saggar, Advocate at Sirsa for restoration of the land to the government of J&K.”
 The minister In-Charge Hospitality and Protocol further informed the House that 32 Kanals 9 Marlas of land owned by JK government is under illegal possession of family members of original lessees at Diam Ganj, Tapai Road, Amritsar, Punjab. “Three suits for taking possession of the land were filed, of which two pertaining to nine kanals and 12 marlas and 20 kanals and 1 marlas have been decreed in favour of JK government on 28-01-2012 and 14-09-2012, respectively. The matter in regard to securing actual possession is being pursued.”
 It was further revealed that the state government has a commercial building at Sector 17A Chandigarh comprising four floors and a basement which has been leased with Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment, GOI.
 “The central government pays Rs 1.38 lakh for this property,” the reply read, adding, “However the net rent after deduction of TDS comes to Rs 1.23 lakh.”
 The government claimed that the central government has already been requested by the former chief minister GN Azad, Governor NN Vohra and during a recent meeting to vacate the complex at the earliest.
 “The Chairman of the Northern Zonal Council (Union Minister for Home) has proposed that he will write to Ministry of Labour and Employment for expediting the construction work on the complex being raised by the Labour and Employment Ministry so that the occupied structure can be handed over back to the state.”
 The state government also owns land measuring 5802 6/9 square yards situated at Mount Napean Sea Road, Malbar Hill, Mumbai, which has been leased out to Sanghvi Construction Company on 90 year lease w.e.f June 1991. “The lessee pays to the state government a sum of Rs 5 lakh per annum (Rs 41666 per month) in two equal installments at every six months.”
 “An amount of Rs 97000 has been realized as revenue from the guests who stayed at Duples Flat Guest House at Napean Sea Road from April 2011 to March 2012.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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