Non-state subjects living in Pucca structures in Jammu: Govt

Pardeep Singh Bali

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on behalf of JK government Saturday said non-state subjects have been allotted shelter homes in Jammu region.

Replying to a question during Question Hour, Nirmal Singh said that Jammu development authority has constructed 150 dwelling units for slum dwellers and houseless persons at Rajiv Nagar in the region. “Of the 150 units, 36 units have been allotted to the state subjects while occupants’ livings in as many as 114 dwellings are yet to submit there permanent resident certificates since 2005 whose jhuggies were demolished by the development authority,” he said.

“These families were later shifted to this VAMBAY cluster on a monthly rent of Rs 150.” The revelation came in response to a question by BJP lawmaker Sat Paul Sharma.

The deputy chief minister said the dwellings under the scheme Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojna (VAMBAY) set up in 2005 were allotted to 36 persons. “The occupants, however, have not submitted their PRC’s prompting the government to take action for obtaining resident certificates from them,” he said.

Singh assured the House that action warranted under rules would be initiated against non-state subjects.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta intervened and expressed his concern that many Bangladeshi’s and Burmese are living in these flats and action must be initiated against them.

“The dwellings were allotted during previous government. The ownership rights in the Jammu and Kashmir exist with the state subjects exclusively,” Nirmal Singh said adding “non-state subjects have right to live in the state as tenants.”

Independent legislator Engineer Sheikh Rashid also interrupted while asking the government to carry out a survey in identifying non-state subjects in the state. “Action must be initiated against non-state subjects,” he said.

National Conference legislator Javed Rana also raised the issue of Bangladesh residents asking the government to consider them as non-state subjects. He said the flats should be provided to people hailing from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled tribe.


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