Farmland conversion a conspiracy: Mirwaiz

Says Once Self-Sufficient, JK Today Begging For Rice, Grains

Govt Promoting Land Mafia


Srinagar, Sep 6: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday accused New Delhi of supporting the state government in rapid conversion of agriculture land into residential colonies making once a self-reliant Jammu and Kashmir dependent. 
 He demanded ban on constructions on farmland and asked the state government to formulate a strict policy aimed at reviving the agriculture sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
 Addressing Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz alleged that New Delhi was conniving with the state government to ensure conversion of entire agriculture land into residential colonies.
 “We believe the move is aimed to make Jammu and Kashmir, which was self-reliant in farm production just 30 years ago, fully dependent on government of India,” the Mirwaiz said.
 He said until 1970s, J&K would cater to its full food requirement, which is not the case today. “This proves that under a well planned conspiracy, New Delhi is trying its best to choke the agri potential of the state to institutionalize its occupation further. This is a serious concern for us. We can’t remain silent on this serious issue,” he said.
 “When we talk about political aspect of the Kashmir issue, we have to think about economic aspect as well.  It should not be like we would continue to demand freedom while our all resources including land would be no more with us.”
 The Mirwaiz charged the state government with nurturing and giving support to land mafia. “This is strange that the land prices are touching new highs everyday. This suggests that vested interests are patronizing land mafia in Kashmir, under the nose of government,” he said.
 “Buying-and-selling land in Kashmir has become a huge business with the active involvement of land mafia,” the Mirwaiz alleged.
 He demanded that the state government should formulate a strict policy against constructions on agricultural land so that Jammu and Kashmir is saved from a “big economic disaster”.
 The Mirwaiz asked the Kashmir civil society not to close its eyes to the fast conversion of agricultural land in the state.
 “It is good that civil society is talking about other issues, but it should devise a policy to stop constructions on farmland,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 6 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 00:00:00 IST

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