Jammu (Vijay Kumar) – Jammu & Kashmir Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla has said that coalition government is making all out efforts to regularize basties of 1947, 1969 and 1971 as ‘Abadideh’ under Common Land Regularization Act, 1956. He said the government is fully aware of refugees’ problems. He said that after regularization of basties, the areas would be developed on modern lines.
This was stated by the Revenue Minister while convening a high level meeting of Revenue Department Officers at Civil Secretariat, here this afternoon.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary Revenue Eijaz Iqbal, Settlement Commissioner B. D. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, M. K. Dwivedi, Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Sourabh Bhagat, Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Sanjeev Verma, Additional Commissioner, Jammu, Jia Lal Sharma and representatives of refugees associations were present on the occasion.
Bhalla said that in the year 2000, the central government sanctioned a package of Rs. 47 crore as compensation for deficient land/plots of those irrigated land was less than 4 acres and un-irrigated less than 6 acres. He revealed that the government has also increased the compensation for rural area beneficiaries from Rs. 5000 per kanal to Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 25000 per family to Rs. 2 lakh. He asked the revenue authorities to prepare the list of displaced families of 1947 of Bhour camp and Gaddigarh so that both the basties could be regularized as ‘Abadideh’ under Common Land Regularization Act, 1956. He said that 81 kanal and 10 marla land at Gaddigarh and 130 kanal 10 marla land at Bhour camp would be regularized as ‘Abadideh’ after making all codal formalities and survey as per revenue record. He directed the concerned authorities to complete the process so that the mutation order could be handed over to displaced families of 1947.
The Revenue Minister said that the state has faced a lot of hardships due to militancy adding that due to turmoil, the genuine hardships of refugees could not be solved properly. He said that coalition government was committed for equitable development of three regions in providing road connectivity, health, education, drinking water and electricity facilities to all sections of the society.
Later, the representatives of 1947, 1965 and 1971 refugees projected their problems to Revenue Minister which included removal of encroachments at residential colony Kharian, eviction of tenants from the allotted land of displaced persons, reservation in admission in the private technical institutes of Maharashtra and Karnataka on the pattern of Kashmiri migrants, double allotment of land, definition of DP family, implementation of Wadhwa Committee Report, regularization of 46 basties as ‘Abadideh’ under Common Land Act Regularisation, 1956, proper maintenance of old revenue record, implementation of cabinet order No. 254-of 1965 dated July 07, 1965 to DP of 1971, conferring of occupancy tenancy rights u/s 3-A of Agrarian Reforms Act 1976 to the DPs who have allotted evacuee land in pursuance to cabinet order No. 578-C of 1954 May 07, 1954, Acquisition of land SIDCO/Industrial Estates at Samba/Bari Brahamna and making payment of land compensation, allotment of land at village Kartholi in Samba to DPs of 1971 (Camp) which was later on again allotted to DPs of 1947, deficiency of land to DPs of 1971 camp in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, verification of supplementary lists of DPs, allotment of residential plots to 23 families, construction of new bund near border fencing in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, attestation of mutations under cabinet order No. 254-C of 1965, preparation of cases of those DPs whose land was taken over by the army before issuance of ownership rights under cabinet order No. 254-C, conferment of occupancy tenancy rights over evacuee land already allotted to DPs under section 3-A of the Agrarian Reforms Act 1976, allotment of 8 marlas of land to landless families of 1971, clearance of pending liability of the DPs-requirement of additional amount of Rs. 80 lakh, enhancement of cash relief from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 1,50,000 to DPs of 1971 (Non-Camp), issuance of ALC certificates to the children of DPs besides issuance of domicile certificate, citizen rights of J&K state, free education in government schools, central schools, KV, colleges and University, reservation for employment, issuance of caste certificate to SC/ST/OBC, registration of un-registered families, bank loans to West Pakistani Refugees.
Bhalla gave patient hearing to them and said that all their problems and issues would be addressed on priority soon.