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DB seeks report in Basmati rice land conversion

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JAMMU: Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice M.M Kumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed Commissioner/Secretary Revenue to file a comprehensive report or appear in person regarding the random conversion of Basmati rice growing land into concrete jungle in Sub Division RS Pura.
The PIL was filed by a practicing Advocate Ranjeet Singh Chib who highlighted the illegal conversion of Basmati rice growing land in Sub Division RS Pura.
The petitioner submitted that thousands of Kanals of land has been converted into banquet halls, residential colonies and business complexes in the last five years without obtaining permission from Revenue Minister as required under J and K Land Revenue Act.
The Bench observed that earlier this Court had directed State respondents to constitute a committee headed by an officer not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner to make survey of the area and submit his report regarding actual area within Sub-District, RS Pura and converted into non-agricultural use i.e, construction of residential housing colonies/ commercial buildings.
The Committee shall submit its report before next date of hearing, but they have not been complied with the direction and granted last opportunity to do need full failing which Commissioner/Secretary Revenue shall remain present in person on 11th December, 2014. JNF

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