September 13, 2020

PDP asks Govt to initiate fresh land acquisition proceedings

Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party on Thursday issued a statement regarding land acquisition in six villages of Budgam district namely Gund e Kuzwera, Wathoora, Jawaharpora, Ichgam, Dharmuna and Waterwani.
PDP spokesperson said that the approval for the land has been granted by the competent authority after a gap of almost 3 ½ years which violates the provisions of J&K’s repealed Land Acquisition Act 1934 as well as Right to Fair Compensation law for Land Acquisition which is now applicable in UT of J&K as well wef Oct 31st 2019.
He further added that, “The approved rates are much lower than the Govt’s own stamp rates of year 2020.Award within 2 yearsSection 11 of erstwhile J&K Land Acquisition Act 1934 mandates the acquiring authority to complete the acquisition proceedings within a period of 2 years from the date of notification under section 4 of the Act and in the event of its failure to do so, the notification and the proceedings taken thereunder are to lapse,” headded.
While demanding the fresh land acquisition proceedings in the matter, the spokesperson added, “if at all the land of the petitioners is still required for any public purpose including construction of Srinagar Semi Ring Road, the only remedy is to initiate the fresh land acquisition proceedings under the central law especially at a time when the farmers and other affected people continue to remain in possession of the land in question and non-payment of any amount as compensation on the basis of Tentative Assessment,” he said.

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