ROSHNI ACT DECLARED AS NULL AND VOID BY J&K GOVERNMENT

    The J&K government decided to declare all the actions taken under the Jammu and Kashmir state land (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, also known as the Roshni Act 2001 as “null and void”. Under this Act, 20 lakh kanal of land was to be transferred to existing occupants. They said that any person who has occupied the land, the government will give them that land under their name in exchange they have to give  the market price of that land to the government.

    This Roshni Act was enacted during the regime of Dr Farooq Abdullah and targeted to earn the 25,000/- crore rupees by transferring the 20 lakh kanal of state land to occupants against the payment of market rates. This cut off was relaxed during the regime of Gulam Nabi Azad. Comptroller and Auditor General estimated that only 76 crore rupees were released from transfer of land from 2007 to 2013.

    Government also decided to retrieve the land within 6 months. Earlier the J&K High Court declared that Jammu & Kashmir state land (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001 and there amendments from time to time as unconstitutional, contrary to law and unstable.

    The department of law, Justice & Parliamentary affairs with the approval of the lieutenant governor, the J&K government agreed that it is necessary to implement passed by the High Court. H C. also said that it is one of the biggest scam of J&K.

    The High Court asked the Principal Secretary, Revenue department to pass an order declaring all actions under the Act as Void ab initio. They also have to work on a plan to evict the encroachers from State land and retrieve it within a period of 6 months.

    The court also ordered the identification of all the influential persons including Ministers, legislators and bureaucrats, government, police officials and their relatives and the person who are holding benami for them and derive the benefit under the Act. This act to be completed within the period of one month.