India encroaches over 9,600 kanals of agro IIOJK land
By KMSWednesday – July 29, 2020
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the move was strongly condemned by the IIOJK’s right to information (RTI) movement, a civil society organisation comprising people almost from all walks of life.
The RTI movement in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the act will prove to be disastrous for the agriculture-based IIOJK’s economy, which is already under stress due to double lockdown.
The RTI movement chairman Raja Muzaffar Butt said that as per the 10th agriculture census of 2015-2016, the agricultural land holding in IIOJK was mere 0.59 hectares.
“This was a bit more that is (i.e.) 0.62 hectares in 2011,” he said and asked the authorities to take into account the unique natural and topographical features of the occupied territory.
“We have dozens of industrial estates in IIOJK without any infrastructure and acquiring huge land to create more such estates is completely an unwise decision,” RTI movement chairman Butt said.
Instead, he urged the authorities to create green jobs by increasing subsidies in dairy farming, sheep farming, vegetable growing, apple and fruit cultivation plus growing of exotic flowers and herbs for medicinal and aromatic purposes.
On 9,600 kanals of land instead of setting up factories that cause air, water and noise pollution, the authorities can help set up hundreds of agri based farms, RTI movement chairman Butt advised.
The RTI movement asked the authorities including IIOJK lieutenant governor C.G.Murmu and IIOJK chief secretary B.V.R.Subrahmanyam to revisit this decision and ensure that 9,654 kanals of land is utilised for agri based startups across the occupied territory.