The Jammu & Kashmir government has notified Land Grants Rules, 2022 which shall extend to the whole of Union Territory and have come into force on the date of its publication in the official gazette, which is December 09, 2022.
According to on order S.O, 668, a copy of which lies with *Kashmir News Service (KNS)*, government has said all the outgoing lessees, who hold lease of any property, except in the case of subsisting or expired leases for residential purposes, shall immediately handover the possession of the land taken on lease to the government.
It said if the lessees fail to do so the outgoing lessee shall be evicted as per the provisions of public premises (eviction of unauthorised occupant) Act, 1988.
The Jammu & Kashmir Land Grant Rules, 2022 states the government may for development of the Union territory grant lease of land under the provisions of these rules.
The Rules state that the land could be leased for education, healthcare, agriculture and allied activities, tourism, skill development, development of traditional art, craft, culture and languages, hydro-electric projects, development of stadiums, playgrounds, gymnasiums or other recreational purposes, petrol pumps, gas pipelines, LPG bottling centers, fuel reservoir, next generation clean fuel sources CNG/CBG/ LNG/hydrogen fuel/ low Carbon fuel/any other clean fuel source with related activities/services/ utilities/infrastructures as per established norms/industry best practices, self-employment or for housing purposes of ex-servicemen, war widows, families of deprivation categories (as per latest socio-economic census), specially-abled Persons.
It also includes families of martyr (one who has sacrificed his life in the line of duty for the sake of nation), migrant workers, building & other construction workers, rehabilitation of sufferers of natural disasters or calamities, specific infrastructure projects for the development of infrastructure, industries, agriculture, tourism and employment generation, laying of water mains, pipes, underground cables, cause ways, underground bridges, cables, towers, poles, stay rods, stay rails for overhead cable and likewise.
“The land can be leased for any other purpose in the interest of the Union territory to be determined by the Government,” it states.
An empowered committee headed by Financial Commissioner Revenue and comprising officials from different departments, as per the Rules, would identify and designate land and the purpose for grant of the lease.
The function of the committee, as per the Rules, will also be to recommend the period of grant of lease, which shall ordinarily be for 40 years.
“It will also monitor every lease agreement entered into and the conditions thereof. The panel has also the powers to recommend to the government for cancellation of any lease,” it states.
It further states, the committee shall recommend to the government a list of land including its market value and the purpose for which land is to be granted on lease.
As per the Rules, based the recommendations, the Government shall after examination return the same with its sanction or otherwise to the Committee through Financial Commissioner, Revenue. (KNS)