J&K Admn Council Approves Regulations for Converting Agricultural Land to Non-Agricultural Land – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

Jammu, December 16: In an important decision, the Administrative Council of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday approved regulations developed by the revenue council for the conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural use.
These regulations were made necessary after legislative changes to the Land Revenue Act following the reorganization of the old state.
The Administrative Council met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and the meeting was attended by Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, advisers to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor.
The official spokesperson said that these regulations were issued to regulate the uncontrolled conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural use on the one hand and to maintain the development aspirations of UT and the people on the other hand.
Under the new regulations, the district collector was empowered to authorize the change in the pattern of land use from agricultural to non-agricultural purposes in accordance with the procedure to be notified by the tax board.
Authorization must be granted within 30 days of filing the application with a deemed approval provision if no decision is made.
Powers were delegated to the district collector to grant permission for land up to 12 ½ standard acres against a royalty of 5 percent of the market value of the land notified under the Stamp Act.
The regulations allow the applicant to begin non-agricultural use on licensed land within one year of the date of the order issued by the district collector on their behalf. However, the land may only be diverted and used for the purposes specified in the authorization.
The Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and the Tehsildar concerned have been entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of these regulations in their respective areas of competence. In addition, it will be the duty of every agricultural extension officer to report cases of violation to tax officials and any negligence in this regard may result in disciplinary action for dereliction of duty.
Through this step, UT will be at the same level as the main states of the country in enabling the conversion and reduction of the compliance burden as part of the action plan for trade reforms (ease of doing business) in a friendly ecosystem for investors.
Meanwhile, in another decision, the Board of Trustees granted administrative approval for the construction of an additional block of the Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu, at an estimated cost of Rs. 44.46 crores .
The construction of the new unit will respond to the increase in the number of patients by creating an infrastructure for several clinical services, in particular the hospital administration, the emergency section, the operating room, the services, the prosthetist and the dental equipment service, the department of pedodontics, oral pathology, the dental histology department and the community. department of dentistry.
The improved infrastructure will also eliminate the shortcoming reported by the Dental Council of India (DCI) team during their visit to the college in terms of insufficient construction infrastructure for the start of PG courses in the next semester.
The decision aims to provide quality dental services to the public and to introduce postgraduate courses in dental care. It will also support the upgrade of vital dental care services on a modern basis.

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