Govt unveils regulations for conversion of agri land for non-agricultural purposes

By: Ibni Maqbool

Srinagar: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has unveiled regulations governing conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes in the Union Territory.

The Board of Revenue notified the regulations namely “The Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Land (Conversion for Non-Agricultural Purposes) Regulations- 2022.”

According to the regulations, a copy of which is with The Precious Kashmir, all the applications for change in land use shall be placed before a district-level committee headed by the concerned deputy commissioner and concerned assistant commissioner revenue shall be its member secretary.

The committee shall also comprise of senior most officers of different departments  including Public Works Department, Irrigation & Flood Control, Power Development Department, Pollution Control Committee (if required), Agriculture, Industries & Commerce, Development Authority of the district, Forests or any other member(s) co-opted by the chairman.

According to the regulations, the district collector shall forward the application for conversion of land to the Revenue field agencies for verification and shall also endorse a copy of application to PDD, PWD, I& FC, Jal Shakti department, National Highways Authority of India (as the case may be), Railways/ Airport Authority (if required) and other relevant agency/department for verification and no-objection in this regard.

“The district level committee after considering the genuineness of the claim shall give its recommendations and the proceedings of the deliberations of the committee shall be maintained by the Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) concerned and annexed with the case for consideration by the competent authority,” the regulations state.

According to the regulations, the district level committee shall meet on weekly basis, duly notified for information of the general public and the applicants, to consider the cases regarding change in land use.

The regulations state that permission for conversion of land may be granted by the district collector after recommendations from the district-level committee and deposition of requisite fee.

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