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Govt asks revenue authorities to demarcate land under army occupation in Poonch

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Jammu : The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the revenue and the Army authorities to carry out a joint inspection for demarcation of land under Army occupation in Poonch district.

The District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, took a decision in this regard at a meeting convened to settle defence land issues in the district, a government statement said today.

It said that the meeting was convened in view of grievances raised by various quarters regarding non-payment or delayed payment of rent and arrears for proprietary land acquired by the defence estates for establishment of army camps in the district besides the compensation on account of land acquired by General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) to be expedited.

The Development Commissioner has ordered a joint inspection by the revenue and the Army authorities for demarcation of land under ‘Bobby Camp’ to iron out years old dispute between land owners and Defence Estates Department, the statement said.

According to official figures, over 21,400 hectares of land are under unauthorised occupation of the Army and other security forces in the state.

While over 18,846 hectares are under authorised occupation of the forces in Kashmir division, including Ladakh, over 2,555 hectares of land are under unauthorised occupation of the Army in Jammu division.

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