‘Aware of our responsibility; Influential people misused their
positions to encroach state land'
Jammu Tawi, Jan 19:
J&K's Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday said that
common masses and poor people wouldn't be touched during the
ongoing drive launched by his administration to retrieve state
land from encroachers.
Talking to reporters, Sinha said common masses and poor
people wouldn't be touched during the ongoing drive against land
encroachers in Jammu & Kashmir.
“Common man and poor people wouldn't be touched by the
administration. The government is concerned to safeguard the
interests of poor people and we are aware of our responsibilities,”
He said that the influential people misused their positions and
encroached upon state land in violation of the laws.
Sinha said there were directions from the High Court to retrieve
state land from encroachers.
On January 9, the J&K Administration directed all deputy
commissioners to ensure 100% removal of encroachments from
State land by January 31, 2023. The drive to retrieve the State
land from encroachers has gained momentum across Jammu
and Kashmir. In a series of videos viral on the social media,
people were seen requesting the Deputy Commissioners to spare
the poor lot and instead zero in on the big sharks who have
scores of kanals of State land under illegal possession.
Politicians too have urged the J&K admin to spare the poor in the
To a question about holding assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir,
Sinha said the Election Commission of India has made a
statement on the issue.
On Wednesday, Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajiv
Kumar said that polls in Jammu and Kashmir are due and would
be held after taking into account weather conditions, security
scenario and other factors into consideration.