Shed Light on Roshni

The government should make public the identity of all the people who have received ownership of the land and the payment they have madeIn any other state of India, it could have become a massi...

The government should make public the identity of all the people who have received ownership of the land and the payment they have made
In any other state of India, it could have become a massive scandal with a national fallout. But not in Kashmir. Against the projected revenue of Rs 25000 crore, Roshni scheme has fetched the state government a measly Rs 76 crore. JK Government had in 2001 enacted the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, also named Roshni Act. The Act which was amended in 2006 was billed it as a revolutionary step like the 1950 Land to Tiller Act which saw the redistribution of around 4.5 lakh acres of land held by around 9000 land owners among the cultivating peasants. Similarly under Roshni the ownership of around 18 lakh kanals of state land is sought to be vested among its occupants. This was done with a view to earn the state revenue for its development projects, which was ambitiously pegged at Rs 25000 crore. But eight years down the line, the state coffers could raise a meagre Rs 76 crore from the scheme. This so, even when 3.48 lakh kanals of land with an estimated cost of Rs 317.41 crore have already been disposed off under the scheme. What is appalling is that there is no credible explanation for this massive loss. If 3.48 kanals have been decided under the scheme, how come only Rs 76 crore have been realized. Where has the rest of money gone? And if this is the status of a small portion of land being given away under the scheme, how will government dispose of the rest. One way to make sense of the dubiously complex operation of the scheme is for the government to make public the identity of all the people who have received ownership of the land and the payment they have made. This will instantly bring to light the corrupt practices, if any, being perpetrated under the garb of the scheme.

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