Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Saturday attached Tehsildar Shalteng till further orders.
The attachment of the officer was ordered after DC’s inspection of the functioning of the Shalteng tehsil office – and that of revenue records of Patwar halqas of the tehsil – during which several discrepancies were observed therein.
The inspection revealed glaring negligence and discrepancies in the functioning of the office necessitating the attachment of the Tehsildar.
The DC who held an extensive appraisal of land encroachments in the tehsil on the occasion observed and took a serious note of the office’s poor record of it and the Tehsildar’s lax approach towards it.
Meanwhile, during the inspection, Dr Shahid also reviewed the status of removal of encroachments from government and common lands in the tehsil. The action plan for removal of encroachments was also discussed on the occasion.
The DC also reviewed the status of ongoing process of expunging illegal entries – vis-a-vis occupation of government and common lands – from revenue records of the tehsil.
He reiterated strict instructions to officers to compile a complete list of all encroachments in the tehsil and remove all illegal entries from revenue records thereof.
During the visit Dr Shahid also went around the tehsil visiting several sites and took a firsthand appraisal of encroachments on kacharai land and action taken for retrieval thereof.
On the occasion, he authorised earmarking of a patch of government land in Bemina area for the building of permanent offices for Sub Divisional Magistrate West and Tehsildar Shalteng which are operating out of a rented accommodation at present.
The DC also visited Zianakote area of the tehsil on the occasion and took stock of developmental scenario thereof. He authorised the development of a park and drainage in a residential area there thus setting a process for redress of these long-pending demands of the locals into motion.
Meanwhile, the charge of the Tehsildar Shalteng has been assigned to Tehsildar Recoveries — who has been directed to set a timeline for the re-creation of revenue maps of villages, an audit of revenue records and measures to be taken for safeguarding government and common land in the tehsil.
Dr Shahid also directed for issuing fresh eviction notices to illegal occupants of kacharai land in the tehsil. He directed all Patwaris to furnish the actual status of encroachments after ground inspection and to initiate action against them.