Jammu, November 22
Regarding In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Ranjeet Singh Chib in which petitioner shown his concern for illegal conversion of world famous Basmati Paddy/Rice Land Growing into concrete jungle with free hand in Sub Division RS Pura. As per PIL petitioner submitted that thousands of Kanals of land has been converted into banquet halls, residential colonies and business complex in last five years without obtaining permission from the Revenue Minister as required under J&K Land Revenue Act.
In the PIL It has been further submitted that in J&K 65% of the population depends upon agriculture and alleged sector, but in RS Pura more than 90% people directly or indirectly deal with agriculture sector and if this illegal conversion of land is not stopped at this stage, the cost of Basmati Rice which has increased three times in last 3 years i.e. from 5000/- per quintal to Rs 15000/- per quantial, would go out of the reach of common man. A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan after hearing both the sides in length observed that latest compliance report, filed by Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, though indicates other area(s) as well, where such illegal conversion of agricultural land is at galore, yet, neither petitioner nor respondents point out any such illegal conversion specifically.
DB further observed that “We have a legislation called as “The Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act, Svt. 1996 (1939 A.D.)” that deals with all facets, matters and issues concerning making and maintenance of records-of-rights in land, assessment and collection of the land revenue, prevention on conversion of land and all other matters incidental thereto. Section 133-A of the Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act, Svt. 1996 (1939 A.D.) gives efficacious remedy to take care of such situation, including what has been groused by the petitioner in the present PIL, and the concerned revenue functionary under the auspices of the Act, can very well deal such situation with iron hand”. DB after considering the discussion disposed of petition giving liberty to the petitioner to approach the concerned authority as provided in the Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act, Svt. 1996 (1939 A.D.) and the authority concerned shall proceed in the matter in accordance with the Act, applicable rules and norms. JNF
Jammu, November 22