Jammu and Kashmir govt to provide land to landless families

Jammu and Kashmir approves a proposal to provide land to landless people residing in the union territory. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), each landless family will be allocated 5 marlas of land. 

The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, expressed his enthusiasm, stating that this decision marks a historic day for Jammu and Kashmir and a new beginning for thousands of landless families. 

“It is a historic day for Jammu and Kashmir and a new beginning for thousands of landless families,” L-G Manoj Sinha said. “This historic decision will prove to be a golden chapter in the administration’s effort for social justice, equality, respect, and equal opportunities to all citizens.” 

He emphasized that this initiative will not only grant land ownership and housing to the landless poor but also contribute to improving their livelihoods, raising their living standards, and fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.

The allotted land will be provided to familes who are landless and those who reside in state and forest areas or any other prohibited construction zones. 

Initially, the allotment will be limited to the remaining cases from the Permanent Waiting List (PWL) of 2018-19. However, in the future, during the launch of the next phase of the PMAY-G scheme in 2024-25, the same categories of landless beneficiaries who become eligible under the PMAY-G Phase-III may also be considered for land allotment.

To proceed with the allotment process, Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to review and assess the cases based on revenue laws. The Ministry of Rural Development has allocated an additional target of 1,99,550 houses for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the fiscal year 2023-24. 

To facilitate the allotment process, block-level camps were conducted from June 4 to 10 to collect the necessary documents from households. These documents include bank details, Aadhaar cards, MGNREGA job cards, ration cards, revenue documents, contact numbers, and a declaration stating that the beneficiaries have not already constructed a house and meet the scheme’s guidelines. 

As of now, 1,44,385 houses have been registered, and 1,41,371 houses have been sanctioned to eligible households enlisted in Awaas Plus PWL, fulfilling a portion of the aforementioned target.