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Speed up process of recovering payments, arrears of custodian land: Veeri

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JAMMU, JAN 1: Minister for Revenue, Haq & Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri today asked the Evacuee Property department to take up the issue of delay in compensation against acquisition of custodian land with concerned collectors for early recovery of all pending payments.
This was stated by the Minister while reviewing the acquisition progress on custodian land acquired by various government departments and defence authorities in the state for various kinds of purpose.
The meeting was attended by Custodian General J&K, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, Special Secretary Revenue, Farooq A Shah, Custodian Jammu, Mushtaq Hussain Malik, Custodian Kashmir, Bashir Ahmed Mir, Deputy Custodian Central, Mohammad Saleem Khan and collectors from various districts.
During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on district wise details of total land acquired by the government departments and defence authorities with their compensation status. It was informed that the Evacuee Property department has handed over its land for carrying out developmental activities, creating departmental infrastructure and other necessary works projected by defence authorities.
The Minister sought details of payment made to the department against the land already acquired and status of pending payments with reasons of delay in receiving due compensation against their own land.
Collectors apprised the Minister about the land acquisition and status of payment in their respective jurisdiction and assured that the all pending payments will be done at the earliest. For some cases, the Minister sets timeline for the Collectors for clearing all pending payments to the Custodian department. He said that payments provided by the department who took over the land and lie with the collectors must be transferred to EP department without any further delay.
Taking note of delay in getting payment against the land acquisition process, Veeri directed the officers of Custodian department to personally follow each case with the concerned collectors on regular basis and to ensure that issues involved in the delay of payments are resolved.
He also asked the collectors to expedite the process of clearing payments against the land acquired by them in their respective districts.
“Land anywhere in the state can be acquired for carrying out developmental and other activities but due compensation against the land acquired whether government or private, must be provided in time”, the Minister said.
For better and effective monitoring of land handed over under acquisition process and its payment status, the Minister directed the Custodian department to compile a book incorporating details of land given to which department, payment status and other necessary details.
“There is need for compilation of division wise data of departmental land acquired by government departments and others so that it becomes easier for the department to manage its resources”, Veeri said.
The Minister asked the Custodian General to take up the issue with all concerned Deputy Commissioners so that recovery is made at the earliest.


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Neither single shot has been fired nor has anyone died in Kashmir: Amit Shah

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Allaying concerns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that neither a single shot has been fired nor has anyone died there till now and asserted that there is peace in the valley.

“From August 5 till now, we did not have to fire a single shot and not even a single person has died. There is peace in Kashmir,” said he said at an event here. .

Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.

 

The BJP chief said that many people had called the surgical strikes in 2016, a “fluke”,but they now “certify” the country’s defence policies after it revoked the provisions of Article 370.

“Even though surgical and airstrikes give immense joy to the people, taking such decisions needs immense courage. The airstrikes changed the way the world looks at us now,’ Shah added.

Shah also took a dig at the erstwhile Congress government and said that during their tenure, there used to be news of corruption every day, borders were insecure, soldiers were beheaded, women felt unsafe and people protested on the roads every day.

“A government was running where every minister considered himself as Prime Minister but did not look at the actual Prime Minister as one,” he scoffed.

Shah said that unlike the erstwhile government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government never took any decision for “vote bank” but rather for the benefit of the people.

“Some governments work for 30 years and take one big decision, but our government worked for five years and took over 50 major decisions, including GST, demonetisation, airstrikes, etc. No one else dared take it during their tenure,” said the Union Minister.

Shah said that India is growing economically, adding that the agriculture sector and the per capita income are also increasing. “We are progressing towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and I am confident that it will happen before 2024,” he added.(ANI)

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Governor Satya Pal Malik calls on PM

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New Delhi, September 16: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.

 

Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.

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Advisor Sharma for fast pacing clearances required for PDD schemes

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor KK Sharma today directed for early clearances including Right of Works (RoW) so that the pace of implementation of various schemes meant for augmentation of electric infra in the state are paced up.

The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issues/bottlenecks related to non completion of some part works of various flagship schemes in the PDD sector.

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Commissioner Secretary PDD, PCCF Forest, Chief Engineer PDD and other senior officers were present.

 

Divisional Commissioner Mr Baseer Khan, DCs of Ganderbal, Bandipora and other senior officers of District Baramulla and Budgam also participated through video conferencing.

The Advisor directed the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that the bottlenecks in the execution of these works should be removed as early as possible so that the balance work on these can be completed and the schemes are closed. He said that a mechanism should also be worked out to ensure that the issues related to RoWs and land acquisitions are addressed.

The Advisor said that the completion of left over works of some schemes is essential for realizing the commitment of providing adequate and round the clock supply of uninterrupted power. He said that the officers of the PDD should also remain in close coordination with those of district and divisional administration so that the issues are sorted out in regular review meetings. 

The meeting discussed the bottlenecks to be cleared for execution of balance works of Zainakot-Alesteng Transmission Line and Grid Station Alesteng and that of Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line and Grid Station Bandipora so that they can be completed within the targeted dates in the month of October. Necessary directions were passed to the concerned Deputy Commissioners and PCCF to ensure that the bottlenecks related to payment for compensation and land issues are settled at an earliest.

Earlier, Chairman State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Lokesh Jha called on the Advisor and discussed several issues related to the functioning of the Commission.

The Advisor also discussed various power related issues with the Chairman SERC.

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