In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Nadeem Rafiq Hussain Khan a practicing Advocate in J&K High Court seeking direction to State to implement National Land Records Modernization Programme Scheme Formulated by Union Ministry of Rural Development in the State of J&K, so that the General Public can take appropriate benefit of this Modernized Scheme.
A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur after hearing Advocate Munish Sharma appearing for the PIL, issued notice to Secretary Ministry of Rural Development of Govt of India, Commissioner/Secretary, Revenue Department J&K, Financial Commissioner (Rev) J&K and Settlement Commissioner J&K returnable within three weeks and als file response to the petition.
During the course of hearing Advocate Munish Sharma appearing for the PIL submitted that it is very unfortunate that when the whole world is entering into an era of modern technology, the Revenue Department of the J&K State is still living in medieval period. He further submitted that the petitioner has also made representations to the respondents No. 2 & 3, but no active steps have been taken by them to ameliorate the grievances of the public, this sorry state of affairs in implementation of National Land Records Modernization Programme has been highlighted by the media also from time to time. A popular daily newspaper carried a story in its issue of 17.12.2014 that the State Government has surrendered Rs. 988.56 lacs as it failed to utilize this amount received from the Govt. of India. The same Article exhibits the non seriousness of State Govt. in implementing this important programme by pointing out that 200 officials engaged for implantation of this programme have been shifted to run the newly created administrative units. Such reports do not seem to awaken the concerned authorities from slumber as another article was carried by the same newspaper on 23.03.2016, wherein it has been reported that maximum post of Regional Directors – a Nodal Functionary in the implementation of this Programme are lying vacant. The newspaper further added that the settlement operation and computerization of record have suffered severe dent and the officers intend of facilitating conduct of both these important exercise have always acted as stumbling blocks.