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Revenue Deptt keeps no updated records of use of land
'Shrinking Agricultural land'
1/23/2018 11:37:40 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 23: Despite the fact that agriculture land in the state is shrinking potentially due to increasing urbanization which is leading to conversion of agriculture land but concerned department has no exact data about kind of soil and use of land. Although cultivable agriculture land in State is shrinking but the government data which has been recorded since 1993-94 in the digest of statistics issued by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Financial Commissioner (Revenue) office and reproduced does not indicate shrinkage at alarming level.
"The records show that since 1993-94 to 2013-14 there is no much dwindling in of agriculture land in the State but astonishingly Revenue Department which is maintaining the records of kind of soil and land use are not updating the Girdwari on real time basis due to the implementation of Agrarian Act 1976," it said further adding that the Government enacted an act "The Jammu and Kashmir Prohibition on Conversion of Agricultural Land for Non-Agricultural Purposes Act 2011 to arrest the menace of conversion of Agricultural Land for Non Agricultural Purposes strictly in the State but the Bill was referred to the Select Committee. However, the existing provisions of J&K land Revenue Act and Agrarian Reforms Act, which deal in conversion of certain types of Agriculture Land is being strictly enforced.
More shockingly, the Agriculture Department has conducted no such study till date to assess the conversion of agriculture land into commercial land and impact of waning cultivable agriculture land on food security of the people and economy of the State.
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