Politicians, bureaucrats, influential businessmen on radar
The government has started the process of preparing a comprehensive list of politicians, bureaucrats and influential businessmen who have derived any benefit under the alleged Roshni Act scam.
Sources told Rising Kashmir that the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts have begun the process of filtering all the people who either "directly or indirectly" have benefited under the Act.
"The list of all the politicians including former ministers, MLAs, bureaucrats and influential businessmen will soon be submitted to the Divisional Commissioner," sources said.
Sources said that many big names have come up during the investigation and all the people involved would be booked under the law of the land.
The Jammu & Kashmir State Land (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 200, commonly-known as Roshni Act, was enacted during the Farooq Abdullah government in 2001 with an aim to generate Rs 25,000 crore for hydel power projects in J&K by transferring 20 lakh kanals of land to existing occupants against payment at market rates.
The cut-off date was set as 1990. However, the Act was amended twice. In 2004, the then Mufti Sayeed government extended the cut off date to 2004 and later Ghulam Nabi Azad government further extended it to 2007.
In 2014, the Comptroller and Auditor General estimated that only Rs 76 crore had been realised from the transfer of encroached land between 2007 and 2013.
As a result, the Act was found to have fallen short of its purpose and was repealed by former Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on 28 November 2018.
The CAG report pointed to irregularities in the implementation of the Act as the cause of its failure to generate the expected revenue. The report listed irregularities such as "arbitrary" reduction in prices of the land and said that the reduction was aimed to benefit politicians and other affluent people.
The government on Saturday declared the Roshni Act , as "null and void" and asked the Principal Secretary of the Revenue department to retrieve land regularised under Roshni Act and remove encroachments within six months.
The move came weeks after the J&K High Court ordered a CBI investigation into an alleged Rs 25,000 crore land scam.
Div Com Jammu asks DCs to furnish details of land transfer
JAMMU, NOVE 06: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today asked the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division to submit details of transferred land under Roshni Act and other encroached state land in the district.
He passed these directions at a video conference meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division convened in this regard.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the DCs to submit details in prescribed format regarding land transferred under roshni Act in their respective districts. He asked them to share details i.e. number of beneficiaries in whose favour the land has been transferred, total number of land whether it is residential or agriculture, occupation of the beneficiary.
The Divisional Commissioner also asked the DCs to share details of other state land encroached in their respective districts. He directed them to cancel all mutations of illegally encroached land from the revenue record and upload the details on websites of the respective districts.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also directed the DCs to hold meetings with concerned officers and finalize stamp duty rates of the immovable property in the districts.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Commissioner Central, Kulbushan Khajuria and other concerned while the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division attended the meeting through video conference.