Repealing of Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as Roshni Act, has generated a huge debate with people, by and large, hailing the decision of Governor Satya Pal Malik, describing it as yet another landmark move to contain corruption.
Here is how people reacted to the Governor’s decision.
Former SSP Sardar Khan hailed the steps taken by Governor Satya Pal Malik towards to tackle the menace of corruption in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said “Corruption descended from the top and emboldened the officials at the bottom to go ahead with it and this way the State got the tag of being one of the top corrupt states of the country. There was hardly any chance for its eradication because almost the entire lot had got infested. No elected government could take such bold and difficult step as the Governor did, which has caught the imagination of the people.
He said the corrupt should be made to face their fate without any delay so as to send a terse message to generations.
Regarding Roshni Act, he said the scheme had been to provide justice to poor farmers by giving them the ownership rights of the land they had been tilling for many decades and earning bread and butter for their families.
Instead, it was misused to usurp and encroach upon the state land by vested interests from among the politics and bureaucracy.
Advocate Anoop Parihar termed repealing of Roshni Act a welcome move. He said the Governor did a commendable job by repealing the Act which would put an end to rampant encroachment of State land.
He urged the Governor Malik to bring progressive laws so that the genuine people get the ownership rights of the land which they had been holding for the past several decades.
Advocate Parihar also appreciated Governor Malik for his crusade against corruption. He hoped that the Governor will tighten the administration from higher level to tackle this menace in the State and urged him to appoint some private independent agencies which can make a check or investigate the quality of the works executed.
Surjeet Singh, Corporator Ward 43 said repealing of Roshni Act by the Governor, Satya Pal Malik would go into the annals of Jammu and Kashmir history as a bold step to end corruption and abuse of power by those at the helm. He said usurping of government land by the powerful-ones by paying pecuniary amount as regularisation charges had wrecked the State. The decision of the Governor was to undo the injustice. Surjeet Singh extended full support to the Governor for initiating a drive against corruption. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not come here to eradicate corruption and efforts are to be initiated to rid the State of this menace. If Governor Malik has taken the initiative to erradicate corruption we should extended full support in this endeavor”, Surjeet said, adding that if, “We really want to eradicate corruption, we should start from ourselves. Besides we should also encourage the government officials not to indulge in the corrupt practices”.
Jugal Mahotra, a retired agriculture officer said that Governor Satya Pal Malik’s arrival in Jammu and Kashmir has proven to be good omen for the people of the State. “The steps which he took to contain the ever growing corruption are noteworthy and proving very effective in combating this menace”. He said Governor Malik has already made his intentions clear to give the State a clean, responsive and accountable administration, which has rekindled a hope among the people.
“The exemplary grit and determination demonstrated by the Governor in steering the State towards new heights by shunning corruption and taking on the corrupt will surely have a revolutionary effect on the future of Jammu and Kashmir. It would have been better if the beneficiaries of Roshni Act were made to pay the market price of the land which they have bartered after paying the paltry token amount. Anyway, safeguarding the vacant State land chunks from encroachers by misusing Roshni Act is historic and Governor should be fully supported for this”, he said and extended wholehearted support to Governor Malik’s initiative against corruption.
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