JKSAC seeks correction in land records of DPs



JAMMU: Jammu Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee (JKSAC), in a meeting held at Jammu, condemned Revenue Department of UT of J&K for blatant violation of Agrarian Reform Act/Law, particularly in respect of DPs of 1947 from POK settled in rural areas of Jammu province. The participants urged Lt Governor Manoj K Sinha to put reins on Revenue Deptt and demanded constitution of a high-level committee of experts to probe violation committed by Revenue authorities from last several decades.
While addressing the meeting, Gurdev Singh President JKSAC said that there is no denying fact that a large number of cases have come to light and greater number of cases have yet to see the light where, documents have been tempered, amended and even replaced with ulterior motive adding that status of lands are changed as per convenience of encroachers and land mafias, causing hardships to innocent people. Pertinent to mention here that approximately 23,000 DP families were allotted evacuee /state lands for their sustenance under a prescribed scale vide Govt. orders Nos. 578-C of 1954 and 254-C of 1965. As per Govt records, over 8,000 families were allotted land much below the prescribed scales which was insufficient to fulfill needs of their livelihood and secondly, because of their faulty Agrarian laws and due to negligence on the part of Govt, DPs were not handed over possession of the same. Gurdev Singh further said that to secure and protect rights of DPs, JKSAC launched a struggle in 70s and compelled Govt to amend the Agrarian laws in respect of DPs. Amendments were made and occupancy tenancy rights were given to DPs under section-3A of Agrarian reforms Act 1976 with amendment in 1978 and similarly absolute proprietary rights were given to DPs over meager state lands vide order No 254-C 1965.
Gurdev Singh demanded that a high level committee be constituted to go into the details of sufferings of DPs for redressing their grievances.


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