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.
Suchha Singh, Corporator Ward No 30 appreciated Governor Malik for repealing Roshni Act which failed to give any benefit to the poor and deserving people. He said the Act was introduced to help the people having genuine possession of land but rampant corruption in the State failed the scheme and this led to revocation of this Act by the Governor.
Singh urged the Governor’s Administration to probe deals held under Roshni Act so that the people of J&K have an idea as to how many deserving people got benefitted under the Act.
Raising serious concern over corruption in the State, Singh said Governor Malik should give compulsory retirement to the government officials involved in corruption and other charges of irregularities by invoking Article 226 against them on the lines of previous Government led by the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Advocate Pushvinder Singh, said that the Roshni Act should have been scrapped earlier as it benefitted only influential people.
He said the deserving people are still struggling for ownership rights but some unscrupulous elements, who had grabbed the State land managed to get the ownership rights.
He said several revenue officials were caught by the anti-graft departments for their alleged involvement in carrying out unfair deals under Roshni Act. He asked Government to make stringent law to tighten grip on corrupt officials.
Advocate Pushvinder Singh also commended the Governor for his anti-corruption drive initiated in the State.
Deepak Badyal, social activist, appreciated Governor S.P Malik for scrapping Roshni Act which according to him will reduce corruption to a large scale.
Badyal said everybody is the victim of corruption in the State. He said the successive governments have failed to honour the commitments made for eradicating corruption.
Badyal raised serious concern over the rising corruption in the government hospitals, visited mostly by the weaker sections of society. He said people suffering from chronicle diseases have no other option but to visit Government Medical College, Jammu. “It becomes difficult for patients when asked by the medical practitioners to go outside the GMC for lab tests or consult private clinics”, he said and demanded that Government should ban the private practice of doctors employed in the government hospitals, which is also one major root cause of corruption.
Badyal urged upon the Governor Malik to take every stringent step in fighting with the menace of corruption.
Dr Rajinder Sharma, Assistant Professor MIET Jammu demanded a strict law on the pattern of Lokpal Bill to tackle the corrupt practices in the State. He said corruption is the biggest problem faced by the people, and its eradication will solve more than half of the miseries being faced by them.
He appreciated Governor Malik for his commitment to eradicate corruption from the State. He also asked people to come forward and make their valuable contribution to fight corruption.
He said repealing of Roshni Act was the need of the hour because it was not only promoting corruption in the State but also incurring heavy losses to the State exchequer.
He said the government was expecting to raise Rs 25,000 crore by giving ownership rights to the people who had possession of land but what has been gained was too little.
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