Assembly: Border Fencing Not Being Relocated, Losses Not Being Compensated

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The government on Thursday refused that it has any plans under consideration to relocate the LoC fence or to compensate the losses that the farmers are suffering on account of this.

borderIn response to Kuldeep Raj’s question, the government said that it is not planning recommending the Union Government “the shifting of border fencing to zero line.” Famers whose lands are on the others side of the zero line are suffering massive losses on account of fence.

Raj had asked that thousands of kanals of agriculture land is lying uncultivable between the existing zero line and border fence. He also wanted to know if the famers are being compensated for the loss, they are incurring on this account.

“No such proposal is under consideration in the state home department,” the government said. “As of now, there is no provision for compensation to the loss of crop on the land beyond the border fencing.”

The government said it is making efforts to relocate the Rashtriya Rifles that is operating from Shopian’s Dak Bungalow. The Rest House at Chowgam, in the periphery of town on the Mughal Road us under occupation of the security forces since 1991-92. 44-Rashtriya Rifles is operating from this infrastructure for all these years, the government said.

In response to Vikar Rasool’s question, the government said the security forces in Banihal are in “unauthorized possession” of 74 kanals and seven marlas. Of this 62 kanals and 13 marlas belong to private civilian population.

BJP lawmaker Rajeev Sharma wanted to know the status of payment of compensation to the land owners in Akhnoor. The government said that the army is in possession of 24432 kanals and one marla of land and the army is paying rentals for 24294 kanals and four marlas of land. The matter regarding regularization of 106 kanals under provisions of RAIP act is under consideration.

The government said that army has paid Rs 3.13 crore rent to 64 cases for the year ending March 2015. Besides, the army paid Rs 35.81 crore to 30 cases through local revenue set up and another Rs 2.08 crore in 13 other cases. The government said 21 cases are under process.(Agencies)

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