The Ghulam Nabi Azad government in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to retrieve or get money for 20 lakh kanal or 2.5 lakh acre of government land under illegal occupation by the people.
The current market price of this land is a staggering Rs 25,000 crore.
The state cabinet meeting on Wednesday has deliberated on the issue and decided to take stringent steps to unshackle the government land under illegal occupation of land sharks across the state.
Land belonging to the revenue department, forests and different other departments are under occupation.
And those occupiers who will deposit the money within three months, would be entitled to 30 per cent discount and those doing it in a year would get only 10 per cent discount. Those doing it between one year and two will get no discount.
Those failing to do it by next two years will not only have to pay the cost of the land but also face penalty.
The punitive clause will be invoked for the government officials, especially for the revenue department, for having illegally transferred the land to the illegal occupiers. "They are the basic culprits."
Azad is conscious that the land mafia is powerful. "They have the money and muscle power and they had been using it to retain the possession of the land, but the state will use all the force to get the land vacated for them. It is the property of the state, it must come back to it," Azad said.
Chief Minister said that he has got a wide support for this move from the people who had been helplessly watching the land grabbers become neo-riche overnight through their muscle power and illicit dealings with the officials.