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In Srinagar, over 650 Pandits claimed property their elders sold in Kashmir

Amid a recent report which noted that many Kashmir migrant Pandits were filing frivolous claims to get back the properties that their elders sold mostly after insurgency erupted in the Himalayan region, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday said that it had carried out redressal of over 650 such complaints in summer capital Srinagar.

In order to address the grievances related to Migrant properties filed by the Kashmiri migrants in different categories, the District Administration Srinagar has resolved as many as 660 complaints to date since the launch of dedicated Online Grievance Portal for migrants.

The Online Grievance Portal for migrants has come under security after revenue officials recently told a news wire that the bulk of the complaints were bogus.

Giving details about the grievances addressed in the district so far, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad said that to date 660 grievances have been received, out of which 390 grievances alleging alienation by fraud or distress sale were resolved.

Similarly, 129 grievances alleging encroachments on migrant properties were also verified and resolved.

Out of grievances of encroachment, the necessary demarcation of 20 cases has been done and necessary eviction notices have also been issued, though 12 of them are sub-judice before the High Court.

Asad said that 16 cases of tampering of revenue records were also verified and replied back to the complainants.

Cognizance has been taken and action being initiated against officials involved in tampering of Revenue records, he said.

“While 18 cases of trespassing were also verified, out of which few were found lacking the exact details of the properties and the same have been sought for final resolution,” he added.

He also said that some trespassing cases involved pending rentals with armed forces and a lack of compensation by the R&B (PWD) Department.

“In three cases of illegal trespassing the necessary follow-up action has already been initiated,” Asad added.

He said that the officers of Revenue and other concerned departments have been given clear directions to address the grievances concerning the land and property of the migrants on priority with zeal and commitment.

Asad claimed a robust mechanism has been put in place for redressal of such complaints as per law and in a time-bound manner.

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