AC approves transfer of land for accommodation of Kashmiri Pandits, SIB

SRINAGAR: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the Department of Revenue’s proposal to transfer various plots of land for public purposes.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.

The Board has approved the transfer of land measuring 36 Kanal 14 Marla located in Kulangam Bagh Village, Tehsil Handwara, Kupwara District to the Department of Disaster Management, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for construction of transit accommodation (1BHK) for migrant government employees from Kashmir under the PM development package.

Relevantly, in 2008, the Indian government provided a package offering 3000 government jobs to Kashmiri migrants with an additional approval of 3000 government jobs in 2015.

The proposed project will provide accommodation for these Kashmiri migrant employees and effectively contribute to enhancing the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the Kashmir Valley aimed at restoring inclusiveness in the Kashmiri society that existed before 1990.

In addition, approval was also given for the transfer of land measuring 35 Kanal located in Chowadi Village, Tehsil Bahu, Jammu District in favor of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India , for the construction of residential housing for their employees.

The project will strengthen the functioning of the counterintelligence agency, thereby strengthening internal security. The land will be transferred on payment of the transfer value of Rs. 24.50 crores as per stamp duty for the year 2022 under Rule 310 of GFR-2017.

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