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JammuRevenue Officials connives ‘Illegal’ Construction on State Land, Sarpanch gives formal permission

Revenue Officials connives ‘Illegal’ Construction on State Land, Sarpanch gives formal permission

Date:

Ajay Sharma; Rajouri, October 6

Even when the miscreants are allegedly encroaching state land unabatedly, many lower-rung officials are apparently not in the mood to take prompt action, rather encouraging the encroachers with their passive approach.

In a recent instance, a whistleblower named Chatter Singh reportedly submitted a formal complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri. Singh’s complaint detailed an unauthorized construction project taking place on state land identified as Khasra No 236, located in the village of Nagrota Mehra. The land measuring 782 Kanals 18 Marlas in Khasra Number 236 belonged to the state under the possession of Mehkama Maal. An official enquiry reveals that the then lower rung revenue officials from Patwari upward later tempered the revenue records of Khasra 236 and inserted a few names of present claimants illegally for gratification. The Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri vide his order 25.04.2023 had already remanded the matter to the land.ACR/Tehsildar, Rajouri to pass fresh orders of cancellation of illegal mutations entered in the revenue record and for the retrieval of the encroached land.

“Singh’s report revealed that a local Sarpanch had reportedly granted permission for this construction to an influential individual on July 25, 2023, in exchange for a minimal fee of Rs 1950. This move raised significant questions about the authority of a Sarpanch to authorize construction on state-owned property,” said sources, adding that state land is not property of the Sarpanch.

The Deputy Commissioner, in response to Singh’s complaint, forwarded the representation to the Assistant Commissioner of Revenue (ACR), Rajouri. The ACR, in turn, passed the matter to the Naib Tehsildar, an official responsible for gathering information from the Patwari regarding the alleged illegal construction.

“Instead of taking swift action against the accused individual and enforcing the law, the Naib Tehsildar is reported to have threatened the whistleblower,” said sources, adding that this development has raised concerns about the integrity of the investigation process.

When contacted, the Naib Tehsildar confirmed that construction was taking place on state land and claimed to have informed the police about the matter. However, his stance appeared to be lenient toward the encroachers, as he stated that while the encroachment had already occurred, he would not permit further encroachment in future.

Locals of the area have requested the Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner Secretary of Revenue to intervene and discourage the encroachers from illegally occupying the state land. They have also demanded strict action against the Patwari, Girdawar and Naib Tehsildar concerned, who are hand-in-glove and have been encouraging such activities.

 

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