In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Divisional Commissioner of Jammu division, Sanjeev Verma has asked the Deputy Commissioners to cancel all the mutations of the state land transferred under Roshni Act in the districts.
He passed these directions during a videoconference meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the division. Verma also directed the DCs to start the process immediately and submit details in the prescribed format regarding the land transferred under Roshni Act.
He further asked them to share details of the number of beneficiaries in whose favour the land has been transferred, total number of lands, whether it is residential or agriculture, whether mutations have been cancelled or not, and other details.
The Divisional Commissioner also asked the DCs to share details of other state land encroached in their respective districts.
He directed them to expunge all entries of illegally encroached state land from the revenue record and further upload all these details on websites of the respective districts.
The Deputy Commissioners informed that the process of cancellation has been started in most of the tehsils (administrative divisions), while in other tehsils the process is starting soon.
Meanwhile, Verma also directed the DCs to finalise stamp duty rates of the immovable property in the districts.
In October of this year, the Jammu and Kashmir Land (Vesting Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, popularly known as Roshni Act, was declared null and void.
The law proposed transfer of ownership of state land to its occupants for a fee determined by the J&K government. It was introduced by the then government to generate funds for the development of new power projects in J&K.
Ever since the CAG report in 2014 disclosed that it could not meet the financial target, the Roshni Act has been marred by controversies. There have also been allegations of misuse of the law by “powerful” people.