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.
Retired Capt Yudhvir Singh of 12 JAK RIF highly appreciated the steps taken by Governor Satya Pal Malik to give the people a clean, responsive and accountable administration. During the past six months he has been sufficiently successful in cracking the hard nuts and ‘we are hopeful that another period of six months would be required for largely eradicating corruption’. He said revoking Roshni Act is one of the historical steps taken by the Governor in eradicating corruption from J&K.
“Visualising the drawbacks of Roshni Scheme, misused by some of the wrongdoers who were part of top echelons depicted Governor Malik’s insightful instinct that has aptly tightened the noose around corrupt by way of repealing the Act”, he said.
He said that Governor has sufficiently contained terrorism which is the reason that ULB and Panchayat elections had been quite peaceful. Coming to the developmental works, he has taken up number of new projects for completion within the shortest possible time, he said. He appealed to the Governor to clinch the issue of one time settlement of DPs of 1947, 1965 and 1971 in accordance with the recommendations of Parliamentary Committee. If it gets slipped during this Rule, it will become an issue for number of decades, he said.
Sanjay Baru, Corporator Ward No. 41 said Roshni Act was introduced to help the people belonging to the Below Poverty Line and weaker sections of society.
He termed repealing of Roshni Act as need of the hour as it was misused and promoted corruption in the State. He said the Roshni Scheme was initially envisaged to confer proprietary rights of around 20.55 lakh kanals of State land to occupants, but only 15.85 per cent of it was approved for vesting of ownership rights. “Against the expected revenue from such occupants, the funds actually generated had been meager thereby failing to realise the objective of the scheme,” he said.
Baru termed Governor Malik as a mature politician whose decisions are being widely appreciated throughout the State whether it is repealing of Roshni Act, dissolution of Assembly, exposing the backdoor appointments or others. He urged Governor Malik to take every possible step in eradicating corruption from the State.
Pradeep Manhas, social activist said, “People in Jammu and Kashmir are among the worst sufferers of corruption in accessing public services”. He said the successive governments had not done much to eradicate corruption in public services due to which the people are facing hardships in every sphere. He urged Governor Malik to ensure transparency which is the only solution in ending the corruption. He also appreciated Governor Malik for repealing of Roshni Act which is one of the causes that promoted corruption. He also lauded Governor for exposing the recruitment scam. He said such steps will bring confidence among the youth of the State.
Vijay Kumar Sharma, a retired government employee, appreciated the Governor and his Advisors for working in the larger interest of the people of the State with utmost dedication. He said since the Governor’s rule imposed in J&K, the grievances of people are being addressed promptly.
Sharma commended Governor Satya Pal Malik for repealing the Roshni Act in J&K. He said Roshni Act was implemented with a view to handover the ownership rights of agricultural land to those people who are cultivating the land for the last so many decades but in actual, some bureaucrats and ex-ministers took undue benefit of the scheme leaving the deserving people to lurch.
He said Roshni Act should have been repealed much earlier as it did not give any benefit to the genuine people.
Expressing concern over rampant corruption in J&K, Sharma said the menace has crossed all limits in the government offices. He said a government employee is not able to work honestly due to the corrupt culture, courtesy political pressure.
Claiming that Governor Malik is the last hope for the people of J&K, Sharma urged upon Malik to intensify his drive against corruption to book wrong-doers.
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