The facility of land conversion is believed to turn out to be pivotal for the union territory’s industrial development that had largely been impeded by non-availability of land for the economic functions.
An official assertion mentioned: “The Revenue Department framed Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Land (Conversion for Non-Agricultural Purposes) Regulations which empowered land owners to convert agricultural land for non-agricultural beyond 400 square metres for residential purposes.
“The involved district improvement commissioner will head the committee which is able to study the plea for conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural and grant permission after suggestions from the Committee.
“The Committee will have the Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) as the Member Secretary and will include senior most officers in the districts of Public Works (R&B), Irrigation & Flood Control, Power Development, Pollution Control Committee (if required), Agriculture, Industries and Commerce, Development Authority of the district, Forests and any other member(s) co-opted by the Chairman.
“The district degree Committee will meet each week on a set day to contemplate instances for change of land use. The District Collectors will, nevertheless, be empowered to name further conferences to get rid of the instances.
“The Government has listed certain conditions on which the permission for conversion of land use will be granted. The grant of permission shall be subject to the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act and Rules framed. The land shall not be used for a purpose other than that for which permission is granted.
“If the applicant does notAcommence non-agricultural use utilized for inside one yr from order of the date and as much as the utmost interval of two years from first date of permission, the permission granted shall be deemed to have lapsed. The Assistant Commissioner Revenue/Sub Divisional Magistrate involved can take motion for any violation below provisions of the Act.
“For conversion of agricultural land, the owner will be charged fee equivalent to Rs 5 percentum of market value of the land as notified for the purpose under the Stamps Act. If subsequently land use is changed for a purpose other than that for which permission has been given, then the fee, if applicable on differential market value shall be charge after permission for the purpose is accorded by the concerned District Collector.”
The assertion went on to say that the Revenue Department has fastened 30 days time restrict for grant of permission.
“If no decision/comment is conveyed within a period of 30 days after receipt of application complete in all respects, the District Collector shall, deeming due consideration, grant permission exercising the powers vested on him and report details with explanatory notes to the Revenue Department. The timeline of 30 days shall be counted from the date of addressing all deficiencies as may be communicated by the District Collectors.
“It shall be the obligation of each Agriculture Extension Officer to report violations of those rules of their respective areas of jurisdiction to the Assistant Commissioner Revenue, SDM or the Tehsildar. In case he fails to take action, it shall be handled as dereliction of obligation on his half and he shall be liable to disciplinary motion,” it added.