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Jammu groups welcomes governor move to repeal Roshni Act

Devdiscourse News Desk Jammu
Updated: 30-11-2018 21:32 IST
Jammu groups welcomes governor move to repeal Roshni Act

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A Jammu-based rights organisation has lauded Governor Satya Pal Malik for repealing the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, (commonly known as Roshni scheme).

IkkJutt Jammu claimed that the scheme had caused a loss of Rs 25000 crores to J&K, was being misused to grab government land and had given impetus to demographic changes in the Jammu region.

The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, repealed the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of ownership to occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as the Roshni scheme.

"November 28 is a historic day for Jammu and Kashmir and the repealing of Roshni Act is a splendid victory for the nation and those who were concerned by the ongoing demographic invasion in Jammu," Chairman of the outfit Ankur Sharma said.

Stressing that the organisation had on November 18 raised the demand to annul the scheme, Sharma said the Governor's decision had vindicated its stand.

"The Roshni scheme was a conspiracy against the state hatched by Kashmir-centric leadership," he alleged.

However, Sharma expressed dissatisfaction over Malik's decision to not take back the land acquired by the encroachers illegally by misusing the act.

(With inputs from agencies.)