Govt. rented prime land to Missionary schools at throwaway rates

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Saima Bhat

October 11, 2012

Srinagar

Christian missionary school, Biscoe has not paid a single penny to government since 1975. A total rent amount of Rs 1, 81, 84, 848 is pending with them and the school, situated at a prime location in Lal Chowk, is built on a government land on lease basis. The other two missionary schools, Presentation Convent and Burn Hall schools too are built on leased land. The information was tabled in Legislative Council on Thursday.

The three leading missionary schools in the Valley are situated at prime locations in Lal Chowk, Sonwar and Rajbagh.  Occupying a large area of land in the heart of Srinagar city, these schools pay only a meager sum as rent towards government. According to information provided in the Council, Burn Hall School pays Rs 3,240 per annum, Presentation Convent pays Rs 12,000 and Biscoe School pays just Rs 1250 per annum as rent.

Though Burn Hall School has paid its rent amount in full but their lease stands expired on February 18, 2009. The school has applied for an extension of lease deed which is currently under process. While on the other hand the lease deed of Presentation Convent and Biscoe School expire in 2017 and 2015 respectively.

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