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    About 1,700 homes completed under PMAY-G in Udhampur

    "We were given a target of 6,949 beneficiaries in the initial phase and close to 1,700 homes have been completed," said Mushtaq Chowdhary, Additional Commissioner Development, Udhampur.
    • ANI
    • Updated: July 04, 2020, 17:34 IST

    UDHAMPUR: The construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana is underway in the Ghordi village of the Udhampur district.

    "We were given a target of 6,949 beneficiaries in the initial phase and close to 1,700 homes have been completed. Our target group for this scheme were those who could not afford a house at all such as labourers, farmers," Mushtaq Chowdhary, Additional Commissioner Development, Udhampur told ANI.

    "The house completion rate is 70 per cent which is highest in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. In Block Ghordi of District Udhampur, 771 beneficiaries have been selected under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)," he added.

    "I am really happy that our Kacha house would now be made into a pakka house and I am very thankful to Prime Minister Modi who has launched such a scheme for the poor," Krishan Chand, a beneficiary told ANI.

    Ajay Kumar Padha, another beneficiary also expressed thanks to the Centre for launching the scheme.

    "I am very thankful to the government for launching a scheme that would benefit the poor immensely. There were many poor people who lived in kaccha houses and during the monsoon, water used to seep through. Many of the people who now have pakka houses are very happy," he said.










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      Jammu & Kashmir government approves new housing policy

      The policy envisages seven models of housing, ranging from in-situ slum redevelopment to integrated township, to cater to the need of every section of society.
      • IANS
      • July 17, 2020, 17:58 IST

      SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday approved the proposal for setting up affordable houses, slum redevelopment, rehabilitation and township policy for 2020.

      The Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, G. C. Murmu, accorded sanction to the proposal of Housing and Urban Development Department for adoption and notification of J&K Housing, Affordable Housing, Slum Redevelopment and Rehabilitation and Township Policy, 2020.

      The policy envisages seven models of housing, ranging from in-situ slum redevelopment to integrated township, to cater to the need of every section of society.

      The new policy aims at promoting public-private-partnerships for affordable housing and slum rehabilitation projects and provides a platform for operation and maintenance of integrated/special townships in a cooperative manner.

      It further proposes the minimum relocation of existing slum dwellers so as to maintain the sanctity of existing economic and social linkages developed over a period of time in these informal settlements.

      Additionally, the policy also includes provisions for fast track approvals of housing in Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) categories. Besides, it provides for their incentivization in the form of exemptions from building permit fee, land use conversion and external development charges.

      The policy also aims to provide Rental Housing in which EWS families will be given dwelling unit on license basis for occupation and use for a particular period on making initial deposit and monthly charges.

      The policy has been approved under the broader vision of meeting the growing requirement for affordable housing, slum redevelopment and rehabilitation and rental housing, for which an initial target has been set for construction of one lakh dwelling units over the next five years.












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        Over 12,000 get Rs 50,000 for PMAY construction in Jammu & Kashmir's Rajouri

        "The PMAY initiative is supporting people here to build their own houses with the help of Jammu and Kashmir administration.It is a big relief for poor as they can live safely in Pukka houses," Khajuria said.
        • ANI
        • Updated: August 24, 2020, 16:41 IST



        RAJOURI: Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme, as many as 12,000 people have received the first installment of Rs 50,000 each in Rajouri district for the construction of their houses.

        "We have set a target of 100 per cent coverage. To begin with, the first installment has been given to 12,000 people of the district," said Sushil Kumar Khajuria, Assistant Commissioner Development of Rural Development department, Rajouri.

        "The PMAY initiative is supporting people here to build their own houses with the help of Jammu and Kashmir administration. It is a big relief for poor as they can live safely in Pukka houses," Khajuria said.

        Earlier, there were some people in the district who could not build the pucca house of their own, Panchayat officer Abdul Khabbir said adding, "The orders issued by the Centre has given a push to the development here."

        "Currently, the construction of 15 houses is underway. We are hoping to convert all the Kaccha houses into the Pucca ones in the next two years," Khabbir said.

        Khabbir further informed that the administration has also decided to built bathrooms with the construction of every new house under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

        People have received an amount of Rs 50,000 as the first installment under the PMAY scheme and will be receiving an additional amount of Rs 12,000 under SBM, Khabbir added.

        Mohammad Razak, one of the beneficiaries in the Rajouri district had a complaint of living under thatched roofs, especially during rains.

        After receiving the first installment, Razak said, "The Jammu and Kashmir administration has supported us by giving money to construct concrete houses."

        Sarpanch for Dhangri Panchayat Dheeraj Sharma informed that the Jammu district has the maximum target to build the houses.

        Elaborating on the PMAY scheme, Sharma said, "The scheme works at various levels for the beneficiaries. They receive their first installment which (financially) helps them to begin the construction work of their house. And with time, they get the remaining installments."

        After this, a Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS) visits and reviews the site of construction, Sharma said adding, "It not only helps us to keep an eye on the development and usage of given money but also ensures that the beneficiary is receiving the installment amount on time."

        During COVID-19, the construction work was halted. Now, the construction work has resumed after the lockdown guidelines were eased, Sharma added.














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          Over 1,900 new pukka houses under construction in Jammu &Kashmir's Rajouri

          Nearly all the people of the village live in kaccha houses and face problems during monsoon and winter months due to snowfall and heavy rain in the region.
          • ANI
          • Updated: October 12, 2020, 18:04 IST

          RAJOURI: The construction of over 1,900 new pukka houses is underway for families below the poverty line in the far-flung hilly areas of Dharsakri village in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. The houses are built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

          Nearly all the people of the village live in kaccha houses and face problems during monsoon and winter months due to snowfall and heavy rain in the region.

          "People in this village are very poor. They live in terrible conditions and dread the rainy and winter season as their houses often get wrecked in harsh weather. Small villages are often neglected by authorities so we are very grateful for this initiative. People are glad that they will now have steady roofs over their heads," Aijaz Ahmed, Sarpanch of Dharsakri told ANI.

          "From 2019 till now, we have given pension to so many people and government schemes have also been implemented well, especially for new mothers and the elderly," Ahmed added.

          Muhammad Hussain, a new PMAY householder said that their kaccha houses would often fall over due to thunderstorms.

          "We get a lot of rain and snow in our village. In harsh weather, our houses used to fall down and we used to dread strong winds. The living conditions were very difficult. These pukka houses are going to change our lives," Hussain said.

          An additional inevitable upside to the ongoing project is the generation of employment.

          According to Salam Din, Block Development Officer (BDO) of the Kotranka Budhal block, several people have been employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment (MGNREGA).

          "Several construction workers have been employed under MGNREGA for the construction of these pukka houses. Other projects like ponds, harvesting, and plantations will also be started soon for land development," Din said.












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            Explainer: What’s the controversial Roshni Act all about and why has J&K HC ordered a CBI probe into it?


            Rahul M
            Wed, 14 October, 2020, 3:53 pm IST The beautiful city of Srinagar. Image used for representational purpose only. Photo: Getty Images

            Ordering a CBI probe into the Roshni land scam case, the Jammu & Kashmir High Court on October 9 declared the controversial Roshni Act ‘illegal and unconstitutional’. All land allotments and ownerships under the Act have been deemed to be void right from its inception.

            The Roshni case has been called the biggest ever land scam in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and has allegedly caused a loss of Rs 25,000 crore to the J&K treasury.

            Instances of top politicians and bureaucrats cornering prime, high-value properties in J&K by misusing the law have come to light where land was given away at just 20% of market rate.

            The division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal also asked the CBI to file a status report in the case every eight weeks.

            What is the Roshni Act?

            Simply put, the J&K State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as the Roshni scheme, proposed that the ownership rights of state land could be transferred to illegal encroachers upon the payment of a sum to be determined by the Jammu & Kashmir government. Under the scheme, encroached state lands were legalised by the previous Jammu and Kashmir administrations.

            The controversial law was enacted by the then J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s government in 2001 and it set 1990 as the cutoff for encroachment on state land.

            The government said that the funds thus raised would be used to finance power projects in the State: thus the name ‘Roshni’ (light). The Act came into effect in March 2002.

            The J&K government’s idea was to generate Rs 25,000 crore by transferring almost 21 lakh kanals of state land to illegal occupants. One acre is equal to 8 kanals.

            In 2005, when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP-Congress was in power in the state, the government relaxed the cut-off year to 2004. Later, when Ghulam Nabi Azad replaced Mufti as J&K chief minister, the cutoff was further relaxed to 2007.

            During that time, the J&K government also gave ownership of agricultural land to farmers occupying it for free: they were charged only Rs 100 per kanal as ‘documentation fee’.

            Who are the beneficiaries?

            IANS has reported that the beneficiary list of the controversial Roshni Act reads ‘like a who's who of the powerful and influential among the local society’.


            TOP NEWS HEADLINES OF THE HOUR: 1. Times Now has accessed several documents that were being used by the Central Bureau of Investigation that it was indeed a case when it came to 'Roshni plot' in Jammu and Kashmir. The Central Agency will now investigate if the Roshni act was used by netas to change the demography of Jammu. Role of Abdullah and Muftis is now under the lens of the Central Crime Branch. 2. The ongoing protests over the mandir-bars debate have peaked controversy, many are now protesting against and for the decision. The debate over 'Hindutva' is now being catered to a massively important issue. Arvind Sawant, senior Shiv Sena leader speaks to Times Now over how the Governor stated that Uddhav Thackeray forgets his own Hindutva. 3. Day 2 of CBI investigation in Hathras gangrape case: The CBI team has reached Hathras and they will be speaking to the victim's family. They formerly took over the investigation on 11th October after which the official paperwork was handed over to them. 4. Hathras case has gained momentum and support from the entire country, people including politicians have been vocal about the case. BJP leader from Chhattisgarh Mohan Mandavi has slammed the Gandhi family and stated that there was no angle of oppression in the Hathras gang rape case. 5. It has been three years since the Walayar sisters have been fighting for justice, Walayar victims are continuing to protest over the rape accused acquittal. The family wants the accused to be hanged and demands a court-monitored probe. 6. It is reported that India's Airport Security is unprepared for dangerous enemies in the sky. In the age when drones across the border can unleash terror, India's Airport security is not equipped. 7. The Bengaluru violence case that had stirred a massive debate over religion and conflict, a sensational twist has now been witnessed. Congress' links to the riots are now under the scanner and the crime branch has named former Congress Mayor Sampath Raj as one of the accused in the charge sheet.

            The list of beneficiaries, says IANS, includes Haseeb Drabu, the then finance minister in the Mufti Muhammed Sayeed-led state government, and his brother.

            According to IANS, the list also includes Mehboob Beg (son of Mirza Afzal Beg, a close associate of late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah), influential businessmen like Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya and Krishen Amla (who is close to the top leaders of the Congress party) and former top bureaucrats such as Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Tanveer Jahan.

            The Congress party owns one of the costliest pieces of real estate in the heart of Srinagar city under the name of the 'Khidmat Trust' whose ownership was transferred to the trustee under the Act, reported IANS.

            The National Conference headquarters in Srinagar and Jammu city too have been built on state land transferred through controversial allotment made under the Roshni Act, as per the IANS report.
            25,000 cr scam Roshni act : Declared illegal and unconstitutional by J&K High court.

            Started by Farooq Abdullah, continued by Mufti and Gulam Nabi Azad.

            It was sinister design to change the demography of Jammu.

            — Farrago Abdullah (@abdullah_0mar) October 9, 2020
            SAC repeals Roshni Act

            The State Administrative Council, which is headed by J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, repealed the Roshni Act in 2018 as it ‘failed to realise the desired objectives and there were reports of misuse of some of its provisions’.

            Initially, repealing the Act meant that only the pending applications seeking ownership rights for encroachers to state lands would be cancelled and cases where property rights had already been transferred will hold.

            However, the High Court order has termed the Act to be illegal, unjustified, unconstitutional and adverse to the rights guaranteed to the people under the Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India and has held it to be void right from its inception.

            Thus, all land allotments, no matter whether the rights were transferred or are pending, under the Roshni Act to illegal encroachers at throwaway prices now stand cancelled.

            Why was the Act repealed

            In 2014, an advocate, Ankur Sharma, had approached the J&K High Court and appealed for a court-monitored probe into the transfer of land under the Roshni Act, as he suspected irregularities in allotment of state land at throwaway prices to top politicians and bureaucrats, influential businessmen and high-ranking government officials.

            According to Barandbench.com, the J&K High Court said: ‘Given the nature of the crimes, the status of those who are involved, including the allegations of involvement of ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, government officials as well as the local police officials of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, it is essential to do complete justice in the matter and to ensure confidence in the minds of the public that, in order to enable a fair, proper and complete investigation, the CBI should be requested to take up and proceed in the matter in accordance with law.’
            Roshni Act has worked to facilitate illegal vesting of State lands: Jammu & Kashmir HC while ordering CBI probe into Roshni Land scamhttps://t.co/bn74Ej9OWd pic.twitter.com/i0awZqRSUg

            — Bar & Bench (@barandbench) October 12, 2020
            The Act was also found to be an attempt to change the demography of the entire region, investigations found.

            HC cracks the whip

            The court ordered that the Revenue department and the Anti-Corruption Bureau of J&K will furnish all information, with supporting records related to the land allotment under the Roshni Act, to the CBI. Failure to do so may result in contempt of court proceedings.

            The court said that CBI will look into the continued encroachment on state land, illegal change of ownership, constructing illegal structures on the land, failure of the authorities to take action against these irregularities, etc.

            Petitioner Ankur Sharma, of IkkJutt Jammu organisation, who had first approached the court in the case alleged that an estimated loss of Rs 25,000 crore was caused to the state exchequer in the scam. The beautiful city of Srinagar. Image used for representational purpose only.

            The high court directed the administration to upload on the official website a list of all encroachers, including influential persons, on government land.

            The court said the revenue secretary and the divisional commissioners would be held liable for contempt of court if the directions were not complied.

            The order said the revenue department commissioner should ensure that the information regarding district-wise state lands as on January 1, 2001, were compiled and posted on the official website.

            The details of government land under illegal occupation and full identity of encroachers and particulars of the land be posted on a website, it said.

            These details included the applications received under the Roshni Act, the valuation of the land, the court observed.

            It said there should be full information about the identities of all influential persons, including legislators, bureaucrats and businessmen, who have derived benefit under the Act to occupy state lands.

            The divisional commissioners shall place on record district-wise full details of the encroached state land not covered by the Roshni act, it said.

            The revenue secretary shall ensure that this information is also posted on the website of the respondents within four weeks.

            In case the above directions are not complied with, the court said the revenue secretary and the divisional commissioners would be held liable for contempt of court.

            The CBI shall also inquire into the continued encroachments on state lands, illegal change of ownership use, grant of licences, misuse of the land and raising of illegal constructions. The agency should also probe failure of the authorities to take action for these illegalities, it said.

            The CBI shall specifically inquire into the matter of publication of the Roshni Rules, 2007, without the assent of the legislature.

            The high court has asked the CBI to file a status report every eight weeks.

            Petitioner Ankur Sharma of IkkJutt Jammu organisation alleged that an estimated loss of Rs 25,000 crore was caused to the exchequer in the scam.

            The Jammu and Kashmir administration had in 2018 repealed the J&K State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as the Roshni scheme.

            Roshni 'one of the biggest land scams', says BJP BJP leaders in Srinagar. Image used for representational purpose only.

            The BJP has called the alleged Roshni land scam 'one of the biggest land scams' in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

            The comments come after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the alleged scam in the Roshni land scheme.

            Petitioner Ankur Sharma of IkkJutt Jammu organisation alleged that an estimated loss of Rs 25,000 crore was caused to the state exchequer.

            BJP leader Kavinder Gupta said the CBI probe was the need of the hour so that truth prevailed, adding that action should be initiated against the leaders and officers involved in this scam.

            He alleged that the enactment of the Roshni scheme was a 'huge political fraud'. 'It was one of the biggest land scams in the history of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir. We welcome a probe into it,' Gupta said.

            With inputs from PTI, Barandbench.com, IANS












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              J&K's Samba administration demolish illegal housing colony

              The drive was carried out as per directions and under monitoring of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, which had ordered a CBI probe into a case of massive encroachment of government land under the Roshni scheme.
              • PTI
              • November 13, 2020, 16:00 IST
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              JAMMU: The Samba district administration of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday demolished an illegal residential colony and retrieved around 27 acres of prime land as part of an anti-encroachment drive, officials said.

              The drive was carried out as per directions and under monitoring of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, which had ordered a CBI probe into a case of massive encroachment of government land under the Roshni scheme.

              Thursday's drive was carried out at Chak Chiba Khurd (Supwal) village of Samba where 218 kanals and 16 marla (over 27 acres) of state land was retrieved from illegal possession after demolition of concrete structures raised in bid to develop it into a residential colony, the officials said.

              Under the direct supervision of Deputy Commissioner Rohit Khajuria, an anti-encroachment team led by Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Vijaypur, C P Kotwal and others reached the site and demolished concrete structures, pavements, sheds and RCC structures raised over the illegally possessed state land, they said.

              As per the Revenue Department, the land was encroached upon by two people, against whom a case was registered under relevant sections of the law, the officials said.

              With timely intervention, the conversion of the state land was stopped and all the structures erected were demolished, they added.











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