Srinagar, Apr 12 UNI | 3 months ago

Taking serious note of continued conversion of Agriculture land for commercial purpose in the state despite several directions, Jammu and Kashmir High Court has sought fresh status report from all Deputy Commissioners.

Thousands of kanals of agriculture land has been converted for other purpose in the state, particularly in the Kashmir valley, during the past two decades with authorities watching as a mute spectator.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the issue of conversion of agriculture land for commercial purpose, a Division Bench of the HC comprising Justice Hasnain Masoodi and Justice Mohammad Yaqub Mir observed a remiss on part of the revenue officials to take action against the violators.

Despite many Acts, including the Land Revenue Act and J&K Alienation of the Land Act empowering the authorities to stop the conversion of the land, it continued.

Expressing unsatisfaction over the status report submitted by Deputy Commissioner, the court said adding in some cases notices were issued to violators but nothing happened later.

The Division Bench directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the state to file fresh status report clearly indicating in tabulated form the number of violations.

The court directed DC's to file report about violations in their respective areas and action taken against them.

The court further directed the DCs to ensure that all revenue authorities within their jurisdiction take stern action against the violators and file action taken reports.

The Bench said the report filed by the revenue authorities mentioned only conversation of agriculture land for other purposes without indicating what action under law was taken against violators.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)