Influential persons encroached State land: LG

‘Common people won’t be touched’

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Jan 19: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said that common masses and poor people wouldn’t be touched during the ongoing drive launched by the Government to retrieve State land from encroachers.
Speaking to reporters here, the LG said common masses and poor people wouldn’t be touched during the ongoing drive against land encroachers in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Common man and poor people wouldn’t be touched by the administration. The Government is concerned to safeguard the interests of poor people,” he said.
Sinha said that the influential people misused their positions and encroached on State land in violation of the laws.

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He said there were directions from the High Court to retrieve state land from encroachers.
On January 9, the J&K Government directed all Deputy Commissioners to ensure 100% removal of encroachments from State land by January 31, 2023.
To a question about holding of Assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir, Sinha said the Election Commission of India has made a statement on the issue.
Earlier, Sinha today paid obeisance at the holy Zeashta Devi temple at Zeathyar Srinagar and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity in Jammu Kashmir and wellbeing of all the citizens.
During his visit, the Lt Governor also took appraisal of the demands for the augmentation of facilities for the devotees. He passed explicit directions to the officials to address all the issues at the earliest.
He was briefed on the action taken to address the demands pertaining to security, installation of solar lighting & heating, dedicated water connection for the temple, construction of waste disposal unit and development of temple complex.
Sinha took on the spot appraisal from the concerned departments and directed for speedy implementation of related projects.
Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Athar Aamir Khan, Commissioner SMC; Rakesh Balwal, SSP Srinagar; Chief Engineers of concerned departments, and other senior officials were also present.

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