J&K Brings Ordinance To Deal With Land Mafia
18 November 2006
The Times of India
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Gulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said an ordinance has been brought by the government to deal with land mafias who have encroached on nearly 2,50,000 acres of government land. 'We have brought an ordinance to deal with land mafias in the state, where about 2,50,000 acres (20 lakh kanals) of government and forest land worth Rs 20,000 crore have been encroached by land grabbers. This amount is the budget for five years of Jammu and Kashmir,' Azad said at a function organised to pay homage to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at parade grounds here. Azad said the ordinance, which was cleared by the state cabinet recently, has been accepted by the governor. 'Be it a war against corruption, land mafias or for good governance, I will continue to fight,' Azad said. He praised the people of Jammu who have displayed unity and communal harmony by adopting victims of various regions of the state irrespective of religion and caste.