Crescent Kashmir

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After the recent reports that the UT administration of Jammu and Kashmir was identifying the land for the security forces in many districts, common people are concerned about such reports and their fears have multiplied due to the recent land amendments by virtue of which any person can purchase land in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir without any hassles.

While the government tight lipped about this project in Kashmir valley, a senior official on the condition of anonymity said that in the battalion headquarters, CRPF has the proposal to provide family accommodation or holiday homes for their jawans and officers to address the issue of “troop morale and separation from their families”.

With the latest amendments in the land laws, CRPF, BSF and other paramilitary forces do not need to go through a process of sending requests to the UT administration as they can acquire the land with the simple procedure of identifying it as “strategic” before the concerned Deputy Commissioner of the district. Even the army can identify any land as “strategic” and get it transferred to them.

These media reports have suggested that CRPF wants to establish such locations in Kashmir at 20 places almost in all the districts and have requested for 9 locations in Jammu region.

In Srinagar and Ganderbal districts, reports said that the revenue officials have identified the land for CRPF but there is no confirmation officially from the revenue authorities on this subject. Most of them when contacted do not want to talk on this issue.

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