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Jammu Kashmir – Over 60,000 acres of encroached land retrieved

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Jammu-Kashmir. Over 60,000 acres of encroached land has been retrieved in J&K, officials said on Wednesday.
R.R. Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor, directed for creation of a dashboard for continuous monitoring of the removal of encroachments in the Union Territory. Bhatnagar also asked the revenue department to red flag any instance of new encroachment or re-encroachment by fixing responsibility down the line showing no laxity in taking action against the responsible.

The Advisor made the remarks while assessing the performance of the revenue department at a meeting here which among others was attended by Commissioner Secretary, Revenue, Custodian General, Inspector General Registrations, Jammu and other officers of the department. Divisional commissioners participated through video conferencing, an official spokesman said.

He said the meeting was informed that 371901.1 kanals (46,487.6 acres) of state land, 110515.8 kanals (13,814.4 acres) of ‘Kacharai’ (grazing land) and 1314.11 kanal (164.2 acres) of common land has been retrieved from encroachers till date.

Bhatnagar directed the Revenue department to create a dashboard for continuous and effective monitoring of removal of encroachments on government land.

He asked the officers to devise a mechanism under which no retrieved patch of land is re-encroached and also advised them to prioritise the commercial chunks of land to be retrieved first followed by others.
He also enquired about the process of digitisation of land records, expunging of illegal entries, reconstructing the missing records afresh and progress of revenue courts, the spokesman said.
Bhatnagar called for a comprehensive report on all the cases pending in the courts besides the timeline showing progress registered, so far.
The spokesman said the meeting was informed that digitisation of land records for Srinagar and Jammu is in its final stage and slated to be completed in February.
The work on updation of ‘Jamabandis’ in remaining districts is going to be completed in this month followed by digitisation of the same immediately in a decentralized manner, he said.

Regarding the settlement and digital survey of all 6,850 revenue villages, the draft survey manual has been prepared and the project management module is also under process.
The meeting also dealt in detail with the proposed roadmap for online services to get revenue extracts besides integration of mutation and registration system for real-time updation of revenue records without any extra encumbrance.

With addition of about 127 slots a week in favour of each sub-registrar, the process of registration of properties has become quick and easy.

He said around 60 percent increase in registration of properties through these offices has been made this year as compared to the previous year.
The registrations in 2021 were calculated at 65,626 in contrast to only 39,039 registrations made in 2020, the spokesman said.

Inputs – State Times

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