ndgr: Land record ‘digitisation, security help in attracting investors’ to J&K

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Land records in J&K are being digitised and streamlined to attract more investments, according to officials. This upgradation process is likely to see investments in projects, which currently stand at around ₹10,000 crore, to go up to ₹15,000 crore, officials said. In the past two years, the state administration has received proposals worth ₹55,000 crore, out of which ₹38,000 crore worth of proposals have been given sanctions, they added.

The highest numbers of proposals have come from the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and food processing sectors. “By December, we plan to streamline these records which will help us process more projects,” said a top J&K official. Among the changes being made are the use of the National Generic Document Registration (NDGR) app, translation of land records into 22 languages and simplification of land titles.

Speaking to ET, revenue secretary Vijay K Bidhuri said: “The land records were in Urdu as Urdu was the principal language. Even people who knew Urdu used to face difficulties in understanding the language and terminology used in the preparation of land records. Now, the latest jamabandi data has been digitised and with the help of a transliteration software developed by C-DAC, Pune, which has been integrated with the J&K revenue records, jamabandi data is available in 22 other languages now. We have started distribution of land passbooks which are in three languages (Hindi, English, and Urdu) with QR codes through which the details of land can be ascertained. We also plan to introduce Aadhaar verification in NDGR by December 15″.

In January 2021, LG Manoj Sinha introduced the J&K industrial policy which stated that capital investment incentives would be made available at 30% in Zone A (urban) and 50% in Zone B (rural) on investments made in plant and machinery (in manufacturing) or construction of building and other durable physical assets (in the services sector). It also promised capital interest subvention at the annual rate of 6% for a maximum of seven years on a loan amount up to ₹500 crore for investment in plant and machinery (in manufacturing) or construction of building and all other durable physical assets (in the service sector). The official also cited improved security as one of the criteria for attracting investments.
As per J&K administration, there has been a 32% decline in terrorist recruitment in the Valley. In 2021, 112 youths joined terrorist ranks as against 164 in 2020. Of these, 72 were eliminated and 22 arrested. “In some districts, recruitment into terror groups is down to zero,” the official said.

As per J&K police, as many as 670 overground workers were arrested and 89 terror modules busted. The use of drones for smuggling of narcotics and payload drop of weapons have been on the rise from across the border. There has been a sharp drop (33 this year) in the number of security personnel martyred from 63 in 2020 to 42 in 2021, they added.

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