Army in state of Jammu and Kashmir occupies 570133 kanals of land. This was revealed by union defence minister AK Antony in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday while replying to question of ruling National Conference’s MP, GN Ratanpuri about the land under occupation of army in state.
Giving details of area wise occupancy, Antony informed the house that under the jurisdiction of Defence Estate Office (DEO) of Udhampur that comprises—Doda, Udhampur, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch, Reasi, Kistwar and Jammu—209239 Kanals of land are under Army occupation.
While as under DEO Srinagar which comprises Islamabad, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Srinagar, Army occupies 56221.2 Kanals of land.
Army occupies 182433.8 Kanals of land in DEO Leh/Kargil, while in DEO Jammu—Jammu, Samba and Kuthua—Army occupies 71664.72 Kanals of land. Besides land in North Kashmir—Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora—Army occupies 55398.4 Kanals of land.
“There is no land under possession of Army in Jammu and Kashmir which is on free hold rights category or long term lease. In Jammu & Kashmir the land is being held either on hiring or requisition for which rent is being paid,” Antony informed the upper House of Parliament.
As per the compensation of occupied lands across state, Antony revealed that for irrigated and irrigated (Double Cropped) land, Army pays Rs 3381.00 and Rs. 4087.00 per annum respectively to the owners of the land.
“While in Class-II, irrigated and un-irrigated lands are compensated as Rs 3200.00 and Rs 1390.00 respectively on the annual basis,” he informed the House.
The rent being paid to uncultivable land stand at Rs 895.00, besides for Fruit bearing orchards—Army pays Rs 10000.00 per annum to owners.
The land falling under Jammu Municipal Corporation /Srinagar Municipal Corporation / Poonch Municipal Council and Srinagar/ Jammu cantonments areas, receives an annual compensation of Rs 33750 by Army.
Besides, lands falling under Municipal Councils fetch Rs 16875.00 yearly, while as lands falling under Municipal Committee is being compensated at the rate of Rs 13500.00 annually.