Hello Folks,

This is Arifa from Jammu. :)

I just stumbled on this community. It seems quite nice. I am not sure if there is anyone out there from my city Jammu.

I am basically looking to sell my old house in Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. It's an old house built in 2 Kanals. Not sure what the rates are. Property brokers in Jammu are real bad and unprofessional.

To makes things worse there is a huge stamp duty of 22% with the result that the cash transaction comprises nearly 85%+ value of the deal. I.E you get almost 85 lacs in black for a transaction of Rs. 1 Crore.

BTW, land in Jammu is measured in Kanals.
1 Kanal = 20 marlas or 605 square yards (Gaz in local languages and Urdu).
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  • Residential areas in Srinagar turning into commercial hubs

    Srinagar, October 13

    Rampant construction in the aftermath of floods is fast turning residential areas in Srinagar into commercial hubs even as officials of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation maintained that action would be taken against the violators once the revised Master Plan was approved by the Cabinet.

    There has been widespread construction of unplanned colonies in many parts of the summer capital in violation of the Srinagar Master Plan.

    Residents alleged rampant construction of shopping malls and other commercial buildings in the flood-hit localities of the city. They said the Srinagar Master Plan was being violated right under the nose of the state government.

    The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) in March had started a demolition drive against offenders constructing buildings beyond the permissible limits. However, the trend has continued unabated.

    Most of the commercial buildings are being constructed in the Jawahar Nagar area of the city, one of the worst-hit localities during last year floods.

    “All the houses that fall on the main road have been converted into shops and commercial buildings…unfortunately, the government is not doing anything,” said one of the Jawahar Nagar residents.

    Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Housing and Urban Development Nirmal Singh said the government has laid comprehensive policy on the development of housing colonies.

    “The areas of Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar and Karan Nagar are being converted into commercial hubs. In 2013, the SMC had identified and sealed many structures in these areas. However, the then government enacted a law which provided moratorium on defaulters till March 2016,” Singh said.

    The minister said the existing Master Plan was under review and once the revised plan was approved by the Cabinet, further action would be taken against the violators.

    There is a boom in construction of malls and other commercial buildings in Srinagar and people have been seen constructing commercial structures in flood-hit areas like Raj Bagh, Gogji Bagh, Kursu, Wazirbagh and Karan Nagar in violation of the norms.










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  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan fails to improve sanitation in Jammu

    Tribune News Service
    Jammu, November 3

    Even after several campaigns launched by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), the city presents a “dirty look” as failure of the municipal bodies and poor civic sense among residents has turned the winter capital of J&K into a huge garbage dump. The hype and photo sessions during the campaigns launched by the Municipal Corporation have failed to make an impact on ground.

    The city already ranks 427th, lowest in India, when it comes to cleanliness, which exposes poor planning and lack of interest shown by the government bodies to coordinate their efforts to involve people in sanitation and take strict action against those who violate cleanliness rules.
    Jammu with an estimated population of 15 lakh people generates 400 tonnes of solid waste daily and half of it is not lifted due to manpower shortage and in the absence of suitable dumping ground. Further there is no regular removal of solid waste generated by eateries and restaurants spread across the city.

    “The money spent by the MC on media advertisements should be better utilised to engage more safai karamcharies and equipment. There is a need to impose fine on the people who dump their waste on roadsides. Addressing press conferences and rallies is not a solution,” said Sunil Sharma, a resident of Resham Ghar Colony.

    Heaps of garbage, stagnant water and blocked drains in every part of the city tell a tale of neglect and indifferent attitude of the authorities and residents, who dump the waste on roads without giving any consideration to the affect on the image of the city. The city, spread in an area of 117 sq km, is comprised of 71 wards, managed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).

    Municipal Commissioner Mandeep Kour could not be contacted for comments.
    A senior municipal official said a week-long cleanliness drive would be launched across the state from November 12. Recently Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also pointed towards the poor response to the cleanliness drive and its impact in the capital cities of the state.

    Heaps of garbage are everywhere in the city, especially the areas where Matadors, auto-rickshaws and private vehicles are parked.







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  • JK minister asks agencies to settle NH issues within 10 days


    JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir minister for roads and buildings Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday asked various executing agencies to settle all the land compensation issues within ten days for timely completion of four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

    During a meeting to review the progress of the four-laning of the highway here today, Bukhari asked the authorities of Revenue, R&B, Forest and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to settle all the land compensation issues within 10 days and handover the land to the executing agencies for timely completion of prestigious 4-laning of Jammu-Srinagar national highway.










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  • J&K govt retrieves over 45 acres of forest land in Kishtwar


    JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government has retrieved over 45 acres of forest land from 73 encroachers in Kishtwar district and registered cases against them.

    "A total of 367.05 kanals (over 45 acres) of forest land encroached by 73 forest encroachers was retrieved in Kishtwar and cases against them were registered under relevant sections of the J&K Forest Act", a senior Forest department officer said.

    Officials of Kishtwar Forest Division had been carrying out a major operation against forest encroachers during the past few days.

    "Special teams were constituted under direct supervision of DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) Kishtwar for clearing forest encroachment in Kishtwar, Nagseni and Padder areas", he said.

    As many as 57 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Patnazi, Nali, Kither and Binoon villages, the officer said, adding that 89 kanals of such land was retrieved in Piyas, Cherji and Bronth villages of Nagseni range.

    Similarly, 221.05 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Garh and Hango-Haloti villages falling under Padder area of the district, he said.

    Around 1,344.31 kanals (168 acres) of encroached forest land has been retrieved in Kishtwar Forest Division falling in Kishtwar district from March 2015 till date.

    The forest officials have been organizing various awareness camps in different parts of the Kishtwar Forest Division against encroachments.








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  • J&K govt retrieves over 45 acres of forest land in Kishtwar


    JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government has retrieved over 45 acres of forest land from 73 encroachers in Kishtwar district and registered cases against them.

    "A total of 367.05 kanals (over 45 acres) of forest land encroached by 73 forest encroachers was retrieved in Kishtwar and cases against them were registered under relevant sections of the J&K Forest Act", a senior Forest department officer said.

    Officials of Kishtwar Forest Division had been carrying out a major operation against forest encroachers during the past few days.

    "Special teams were constituted under direct supervision of DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) Kishtwar for clearing forest encroachment in Kishtwar, Nagseni and Padder areas", he said.

    As many as 57 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Patnazi, Nali, Kither and Binoon villages, the officer said, adding that 89 kanals of such land was retrieved in Piyas, Cherji and Bronth villages of Nagseni range.

    Similarly, 221.05 kanals of forest land was retrieved from encroachers in Garh and Hango-Haloti villages falling under Padder area of the district, he said.

    Around 1,344.31 kanals (168 acres) of encroached forest land has been retrieved in Kishtwar Forest Division falling in Kishtwar district from March 2015 till date.

    The forest officials have been organizing various awareness camps in different parts of the Kishtwar Forest Division against encroachments.








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  • Rivers up for grabs, govt remains insensitive


    Tribune News Service
    Jammu, December 14
    More than a year has passed since the devastating floods in September 2014 ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, but the state government seems to have forgotten its promise to rein in unabated encroachment along rivers and other water bodies. This was a major reason for destruction which cost the state billions in infrastructure and around 300 precious lives.

    Despite the Water Resources Regulation Act providing executive powers to the authorities to act against the offenders, not much has been done to stop illegal construction. Rivers have been turned into a junkyard, illegal structures have been constructed and untreated sewage is directly disposed of in water bodies along their course.

    The state with some of the longest rivers in the Indian subcontinent — Indus in the Ladakh region, Jhelum in the Kashmir valley and Chenab and Tawi in the Jammu region — are being destroyed by pollution and land grabbers with active patronage of the politician-land mafia nexus during the past two decades. The worst scenario is faced by the Jhelum and Tawi, which snake through two capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar and are on the verge of collapse.

    The unprecedented devastation after the swollen rivers breached their banks, destroying thousands of homes and leaving a trail of destruction, did not bring any major policy shift within the government to stop organised destruction of water bodies despite warnings from environmentalists that Jammu and Kashmir might face the worst natural calamity in coming years if proper course correction of policies was not done.

    Land along the Jhelum in the Kashmir valley and the Tawi and Chenab in the Jammu region is being systematically taken over to establish housing colonies and other urban infrastructure, which has almost choked them.

    The same has happened on the banks of the mighty Chenab, which flows through Akhnoor, 25 km from Jammu, before entering Pakistan as villagers have taken over flood-prone land for agricultural purposes. This fact was accepted by the Centre for Science and Environment, which attributed the floods to a combination of unexpected weather pattern and unplanned urbanisation, leaving Jammu and Kashmir in ruins in which it was now.

    The sudden rise of water in the Jhelum, which criss-crosses the Kashmir valley, had caught the civic administration napping, inundated the beautiful ancient city and made a dent on the credibility of government departments. Similarly, flash floods in Jammu and border towns of Poonch and Rajouri wreaked havoc on public and private property.

    Plight of Tawi

    The destruction of residential structures along the Tawi, Chenab and Ujj in the Jammu region was revenge of nature against inaction of successive state governments which turned blind eye towards illegal construction since 1990, when Jammu saw massive influx of people from militancy hit districts.

    The city saw expansion from 32 sq km in 1990 to 117 sq km in 2014, which mainly included land along the Tawi and seasonal rivulets on the outskirts. A walk along the riverbed is all the evidence one needs to know the state of the river, which has its origins in the Himalayas near Seoj Dhar peak, Bhaderwah, Doda district.

    The mushrooming of illegal colonies stared from Nagrota, Sidhra, Panjthirthi, Circular Road, Gujjar Nagar, Jogi Gate, Bhagwati Nagar and Beli Charana down to several villages till the river moves into Pakistan. The active patronage of politicians and corrupt civic officials of the Jammu Municipal Corporation, Jammu Development Authority and Housing Board has ensured that the land mafia violates the river with impunity considered sacred by Dogras.

    It is a depressing fact that as so far only 1,721 kanals has been recovered from occupiers while thousands is still under illegal possession. Land along the fourth bridge on the Tawi, a portion of which got washed away, had become a haven for unauthorised colonisers. In past few years, houses and shopping complexes have come up on the river bank.

    “We have approached the district administration and ministers to tackle the issue of encroachment, but so far, not much has been done. The illegal construction is still going on and people from other districts of the state are being settled along the river,” said Ashwani Sharma, president, Tawi Bachao Andolan.

    In 2011, major rain had damaged the Circular Road after landslides destroyed several stretches. At that time, the administration had announced that it would take preventive steps in the area and come down heavily on unauthorised houses, but it remained a political rhetoric.

    Agony of Jhelum
    Srinagar, named after Hindu goddess Lakshmi, once known for its lakes and marshes, has now turned into a concrete jungle, making it vulnerable to floods, a fact admitted by the state government admitted after the September 2014 floods.

    Encroachment started in the late 1960s when new colonies were established on fertile agricultural fields and marshes which came to be known as Shivpora, Indira Nagar, Sanat Nagar and Rawalpora, which got inundated in the floods last year.

    The construction of illegal structures, including residential houses, continues on the banks of the river near Khanabal bridge in Anantnag, Bijbehara, Sangam, Kakpora, Samboora and Padhgampura and Pantha chowk and towards Srinagar till it merges with Wullar Lake in Bandipora district.

    “The banks of the 165-km Jhelum, also called Vitasta, have been taken over in recent decades, which has vastly reduced the river’s drainage capacity, leaving little space for water to move,” said Bushan Parimoo, an environmentalist.

    Since 1947, 50 per cent of water bodies within the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir have been converted into residential and commercial places. In the last two decades, militancy weakened the hold of the civil administration, allowing grabbers to convert large chunks into commercial and residential areas.

    However, Minister for Irrigation and Flood Control, Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar said the fight against encroachment was a long battle. “Decades of neglect and greed cannot be corrected in one year. We have a long-term flood management plan which will be implemented in phases. We had sought Rs 400 crore to make a spill channel to divert the Jhelum waters. Funds from regular plans are being used for protection work in Jammu,” he said.










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  • High court bans construction work in Gulmarg ski resort


    Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir High Court has banned all constructions in famous ski resort at Gulmarg in North Kashmir and directed the state government to transfer a Gulmarg Development Authority official for failing to check illegal activities.

    A Division Bench comprising Justices M H Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey yesterday directed the authorities to ensure that all construction activities in Gulmarg be stopped and vehicles carrying construction material to the resort be seized.

    The court order banning construction and transportation of construction material came following reports of large scale illegal construction in the garb of minor repairs and without proper permission from the authorities.

    "Deputy Commissioner as also Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla and Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) shall forthwith enforce the above direction and ensure no construction activities is undertaken at Gulmarg till further orders from the court," the bench said.

    The court order came in the wake of serious allegations made in a report which prima facie indicated grave irregularities committed in allowing the people to renovate and repair their structures.

    Also, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last week had tweeted that illegal constructions were taking place under the garb of minor repairs in the famous tourist resort in Gulmarg.

    The bench also directed the authorities to seal the structures where construction activities are not stopped forthwith.

    "That no building material or constructional material shall be transported to the Ski resort till further orders from the court," the court said.

    Observing that the situation which has arisen in and around the famous Ski resort by allowing the construction activities without proper permission, the bench also directed to transfer a GDA Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) immediately.

    "We deem it proper to ask the Government to immediately shift the AEE posted in GDA and post another person in his place. We expect that order in this behalf be passed in weeks time," the court said.










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  • HC dissatisfied with govt report on encroachments near Jhelum


    Tribune News Service
    Srinagar, December 22

    To free the Jhelum banks from illegal encroachments, the authorities concerned have so far felled 1.86 lakh trees and removed over 600 structures from south Kashmir up to the Line of Control in Uri, where the river leaves the Valley.

    This was revealed today by the Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, in his compliance report to the High Court, which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking removal of encroachments around water bodies of Kashmir.

    However, after the perusal of the compliance report, a division bench of the court said that it was not satisfied with the report.

    “The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Chief Engineer (I&FC) appear to have made a very casual exercise of submitting compliance that is based on a report submitted by the Executive Engineers. There is nothing on record to suggest that these authorities have actually made any effort towards implementation of the court directions,” a division bench of the High Court observed in its orders today while asking these authorities to “come up with a requisite compliance report by or before the next date and in default of doing so, shall remain in present”.

    The court also directed all deputy commissioners to provide information with regard to the original width of the Jhelum and number of encroachments by the next date or be present in the court in case of default.

    In its earlier direction on November 26, the court had asked all “deputy commissioners and the Chief Engineer (Irrigation and Flood Control) to file the latest status report about the removal of encroachments from the banks of the Jhelum. The court in its previous directions had sought details of the original width of the Jhelum through its entire course in Kashmir from the deputy commissioners, which so far have not been furnished.

    “The answering department (I&FC) has prior to the passing of order dated 26/11/2015 removed 14,0942 tress along with 301 different types of structures from and around the banks of the Jhelum,” Chief Engineer Javed Jaffer told the court in his fresh compliance report.

    “Continuing with the implementation of the court directions, the respondent department, post filing of the previous compliance report, has removed 697 encroachments in the shape of boundary walls, kutcha structures and pucca structures and 1,86,543 trees from and around the banks of the Jhelum,” Jaffer informed the court.

    The Chief Engineer also told the court that soon after the November 26 court orders, all the Executive Engineers concerned were directed to accelerate the process of demolition of encroachments from and around the Jhelum banks.

    Besides, during a meeting on December 12, 2015, the Executive Engineers were also directed to get the demarcation process of the Jhelum completed through the revenue authorities within their respective territorial jurisdiction.








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  • CAG raps JDA for failing to retrieve prime properties in Jammu

    The CAG said the government had on June 2015 stated that land would be disposed off after the settlement of court cases, it, however, said that was not done.
    PTI | Jul 21, 2016, 04.30 PM IST

    JAMMU: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has rapped Jammu Development Authority (JDA) for failing to retrieve Rs 147 crore prime properties, including allotment of Rs 116 crore land to a non-state subject in Jammu, during last 14 years.

    "The authority has not taken sufficient steps towards legal remedy for retrieval of the plots at prime locations valuing Rs 146 crores in Jammu," the CAG in its report for the year 2015 said.

    The report said audit noticed instances of, "faulty allotment of plots to non-state subjects in violation of Jammu and Kashmir Land Grants Act, handing over possession to allottees without execution of lease deeds and delayed action in cancellation of allotments for default in payment of premium, resulting in litigation and consequent blockage of properties at prime locations valuing Rs 146.96 crores."

    The CAG said the government had on June 2015 stated that land would be disposed off after the settlement of court cases, it, however, said that was not done.

    "The reply was not acceptable as adhocism and delayed actions by the JDA had invited litigation," it said.

    "The legal section of JDA is virtually defunct as it is headed by a legal assistant-non-gazetted official for over a decade," the report mentioned.

    The CAG pointed out that 283 kanals of "prime land" worth Rs 116 crores was given to the non-state subject trustees of Shree Yog Vedanta Samiti (SYVS) at Bagwati Nagar in Jammu city in 2005.

    "No legal action was taken by JDA against the construction of residential flats and encroachment of excess land in violation of the trust deed," the report said.

    "The cancellation notice, issued on August 2014 belatedly by the authority in the court, was ordered to maintain status quo," it said, adding legal section of by JDA failed to make any headway since 2014.






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  • Stern action planned against Dal lake encroachers in Kashmir
    Tehseen Mustafa, vice chairman of LAWDA has urged the people to come forth with information if they find any such illegal activity taking place in their respective areas.
    PTI | Aug 09, 2016, 03.00 PM IST

    SRINAGAR: Seeking public cooperation in saving the Dal and Nigeen lakes from falling prey to encroachers, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority on Monday said stern action would be taken against those raising illegal constructions by taking advantage of the unrest in the region.

    "We will not allow the destruction of these water bodies and stern action will be taken against the elements who are misusing the prevailing situation to raise illegal constructions and indulge in encroachments," vice chairman of LAWDA Tehseen Mustafa said in a statement here.

    He urged the people to come forth with information if they find any such illegal activity taking place in their respective areas.

    "Unfortunately, some unscrupulous elements taking advantage of the prevailing law and order situation had started raising illegal constructions in and around the Lakes.

    Besides raising illegal constructions in the prohibited area around these lakes, some persons had even started encroachments within these water bodies by way of fresh earth filling," he said.

    Mustafa said after receiving reports about these illegal constructions and encroachments, the Enforcement Wing of LAWDA immediately swung into action and launched a demolition drive in and around the Lakes.

    "Already scores of such encroachments have been removed and the drive will continue with full intensity," he said.

    Meanwhile, continuing its demolition drive, the Enforcement Wing of LAWDA today dismantled several illegal constructions at Lashkari Mohalla and Baghwanpora, Nageen.

    LAWDA has warned truck and load carrier owners not to carry or ferry any sort of construction material in the prohibited area of the Dal and Nageen Lakes, an official spokesman said.





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  • Army duped of Rs 6 lakh in rent for land that's really in POK The strange facts of the case came to light after a CBI investigation revealed that a sub-divisional defence estate officer and patwari in Nowshera in J&K acted in cahoots with private persons to "rent" out a piece of land that was actually in POK.TNN | February 07, 2017, 12:30 IST

    NEW DELHI: Local officials, an Army officer as well as some private people conspired to dupe the Indian Army into paying rent for land located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and a case of cheating has been registered by the CBI to look into the matter.

    The strange facts of the case came to light after a CBI investigation revealed that a sub-divisional defence estate officer and patwari in Nowshera in J&K acted in cahoots with private persons to "rent" out a piece of land that was actually in POK.

    A board of officers, comprising an Army officer, an estate officer and a representative of the revenue department, disbursed rentals to persons on the basis of false documents. The board proceedings of 2000, attended by sub-divisional defence estate officer R S Chanderwanshi and patwari Darshan Kumar, saw land under various 'khasra' numbers was declared to be in possession of the defence forces. "Accordingly, rental compensation to the tune of Rs 4.99 lakh was disbursed to one Rajesh Kumar and others in village Khamba, tehsil Nowshera," the CBI said.

    As per the "jamabandhi" register for 1969-70 of the land in question, khasra numbers 3000, 3035, 3041 and 3045 are under the occupation of Pakistan, but rent is being paid by defence estate (India) to the alleged private owner.

    The CBI said the conspiracy led to a gain of Rs 6 lakh to the beneficiaries.








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  • Over 1.5 thousand acre land encroached in Jammu PTI | Feb 1, 2017, 12.24 PM IST


    JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir today said that 1,510 acres of land in the city has been encroached as it admitted that the Jammu Development Authority is yet to demarcate 6,818 acres of land, meant for development, given to it in 1973.

    The J&K government transferred 9,479 acres of land to Jammu Development Authority for development since 1973 and out of which 6,818 acres of land has not been demarcated, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development Asiea Naqash told told the Legislative Assembly here.

    Replying to a question by BJP member Sat Paul Sharma, she said that total land demarcated by JDA since 1973 is only 2,245 acres and out which 330 acres has been encroached.

    Similarly, 1,510 acre has been encroached in Jammu belonging to JDA, the minister said, adding that 223 acres of land (out of the total 9,479 acres) is in possession of Jammu while 1,111 acres has been utilised by JDA, 93 acres of land regularised.

    However, as compared to massive encroachment of land in Jammu belonging to JDA, only over 18 acres of land in Srinagar is under encroachment despite militancy.

    Replying to a question by Sharma, Naqash said 3,884 kanals (485 acres) of JDA land has been retrieved till date out of the encroached 12,083 kanals (1510 acres) in Jammu.

    Similarly, approximately 150 kanals (18 acres) of SDA land in Srinagar is under encroachment in different areas of Srinagar, she said.



    The authorities are making concerted efforts to retrieve the encroached land of Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) by holding regular anti-encroachment drives with the help of police, she added.

    "A substantial portion of encroached land is under litigation in various courts and the authorities are vigorously pursuing the cases," the minister said, adding that there 4,245 cases pending in the department for disposal.

    The minister also gave details of pendency of cases in various courts relating to the JDA/SDA land.

    She informed that around 4,245 cases are pending disposal and are being pursued by the concerned authorities.







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  • J&K may be first to bring real estate under new GST regime While the Centre and the states had amended the Constitution to move to GST, J&K will have to enact its own laws as it has a special dispensation under the Indian ConstitutionRajeev Deshpande&Sidhartha | TNN | May 18, 2017, 07:36 IST

    SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir may be the first state in the country to bring real estate within the ambit of goods and services tax (GST) when it enacts laws to integrate its indirect tax regime with other states, state finance minister Haseeb Drabu indicated. While the Centre and the states had amended the Constitution to move to GST, J&K will have to enact its own laws as it has a special dispensation under the Indian Constitution.

    Drabu said he would move the required legislation in J&K assembly to be part of GST and ensure the benefits accrue to the state. The shift is expected to help the state garner around Rs 2,000 crore-worth additional resources to add to its current kitty of around Rs 11,000 crore and expand the tax base by close to 15%.

    While the GST Council has agreed to subsume several taxes, including central excise, state VAT, service tax, central sales tax and octroi, it has kept around a third of state revenues outside the GST ambit.

    Alcohol, petroleum and real estate are three items on which GST will not be levied.

    “We were the first to do many things and we may be the first to include real estate,” Drabu told TOI ahead of the crucial GST Council meeting here. J&K has moved to a January-December financial year, was first to abolish the distinction between plan and non-plan spending and is now working on rolling out universal basic income, something that has been discussed in the latest Economic Survey.

    Drabu said his government proposed to enact laws that would allow for levy of integrated GST, central GST and state GST amid indications that audit powers may not be split between the Centre and the state in the same way as it is done in the rest of the country.









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  • Jammu-Kashmir govt to review retrieval of prime properties of JDA JAMMU: Jammu and KashmirDeputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said that the state government has taken note of the Jammu Development Authority's failure to retrieve prime properties here.

    The cases will be reviewed and the government will take action in the matter, said Singh, who also holds the housing and urban development portfolio.

    The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had rapped the JDA for failing to retrieve Rs 147 crore worth prime property, including allotment of Rs 116 crore land to a non-state subject in Jammu, during the last 15 years.

    "The government has taken serious note (about the failure to retrieve the properties). We will review all these cases and take strong action to retrieve the prime properties," he told .

    "This issue will be taken up in the next board meeting for action," the deputy chief minister said

    The CAG in its report had said, "The authority had not taken sufficient steps towards legal remedy for retrieval of the plots at prime locations valuing Rs 146 crore in Jammu."

    "No legal action was taken by the JDA against the construction of residential flats and encroachment of excess land in violation of the trust deed," the report said.

    Source: realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com
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