Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha launches portal for Kashmiri migrants to file grievances regarding properties in Kashmir | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kashmiri migrants, largely Hindus who have been compelled to transfer out of the Valley in the wake of focused militant assaults in the nineties, forsaking their native properties and properties, now have a contemporary ray of hope in reclaiming their properties that have been both encroached upon or taken away in misery gross sales by power or fraud.
Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant-governor Manoj Sinha, whereas launching a portal on Tuesday to allow Kashmiri migrants to submit on-line grievances regarding their properties in Kashmir and safe a time-certain redressal, stated it’s going to finish the plight of round 44,000 migrant households – of which 40,142 are from the Hindu neighborhood, 2,684 from Muslim neighborhood and 1,730 from Sikh fold – and allow them to return to their ancestral properties in Kashmir with dignity, bringing closure and undoing years of justice.
The complaints acquired on the portal can be disposed of in a hard and fast time-body beneath the Public Services Guarantee Act, 2011 by the income authorities. The deputy commissioner has been given the authority to undertake discipline verification or survey of migrant properties and replace all registers inside 15 days earlier than submitting a compliance report to the divisional commissioner, Kashmir. The district Justice of the Peace will take well timed motion for eviction, custody and restoration of encroached/forcibly taken properties and provoke motion in opposition to violators of the Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sales) Act .
The procedural modifications have been launched by way of a set of authorized modifications, beginning with the Adaptation of State Laws Order 2020 that did away with requirement of a written criticism for survey or measurement of migrant property; conferring powers of commissioner beneath Agrarian Reforms Act 1976 upon the deputy commissioners, in order to deliver requisite power and focus; problem of directions beneath Section 10 of J&Okay Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sale), 1997 dated August 13, 2021 for growth of an internet portal and fixing a timeframe for disposal of the web complaints.
The portal, being run on a trial foundation since August 21, acquired 854 complaints through the trial interval. This is in sharp distinction to 113 written complaints acquired by the workplace aid and rehabilitation commissioner (migrants), J&Okay between 2018-19 and 2020-2021
Speaking on the portal’s launch, LG Sinha stated quite a few delegations from all religions had met him over the previous 13 months and unequivocally supported the return of migrants to Kashmir. Stating that the initiative was primarily based on beliefs of former PM AB Vajpayee and PM Narendra Modi, Sinha described it as an consequence of good governance practices of the UT authorities.
Earlier governments had tried to deal with the difficulty of encroachment and misery sale of Kashmiri migrants’ properties by enacting ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint on Distress Sales) Act’ in June 1997, which designated the involved district Justice of the Peace as a custodian of migrant properties.
The implementation of this Act, nevertheless, was a non-starter and replete with cases of non-efficiency, stated officers. Numerous cases of misery sale and alienation by totally different means have been reported. Officials stated the circumstances beneath J&Okay Agrarian Reforms Act 1976 have been neither correctly enumerated nor contested.
Ex-parte selections have been taken, and non-migrants proven as potential homeowners, stated a J&Okay authorities functionary. In some circumstances, tenancy was created by displaying non-present tenants since 1971 by approach of fraud/dishonest.
“It is the responsibility of the present to rectify the mistakes of the past. I request all citizens to support the administration in this effort and set a new example of brotherhood”, Sinha stated on Tuesday.

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