Today: Jun 19, 2024

Anti-encroachment drive pro-people, state land being retrieved from vested interests: CS

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JAMMU: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, today remarked that the encroached State land is being retrieved from the big vested interests only with the purpose of reverting it back for public use.

He was speaking in a meeting of UT, Divisional, and District Administration to take stock of measures being taken to streamline the anti-encroachment drive.

Dr Mehta maintained that these measures are aimed at helping common people. He observed that this land belongs collectively to the masses and retrieved land shall be used for the benefit of all of them. He stated that no person has any legal right to usurp the rights of commoners.

The Chief Secretary further pointed out that such measures should be supported by the public as the retrieved land shall be used for public utilities such as hospitals, schools, playgrounds, bus stands, Industries, parking spaces, etc. It shall accelerate all-around development in J&K.

The Chief Secretary directed the Deputy Commissioners to safeguard the habitations and livelihoods of the poor and downtrodden. He enjoined upon them to develop DPRs for carrying out developmental works on such lands at the earliest so that the fruits of these efforts reach the masses.

He stated that some people are voluntarily giving up the encroached lands. He told them to set an example for others and give in writing their testimonies. The Chief Secretary also directed the IT Department to create a dedicated portal for reflecting the actual quantum of State/ Kacharie/Common land retrieved in all the districts and put it in the public domain for their information. He advised the Revenue Department to carry out Geo-referencing of these public assets so that the same is preserved for the public without ambiguity.