Introduction to Blog

I launched the website and the Blog after having spoken to government officials, political analysts and security experts specializing in South Asian affairs from three continents. The feedback was uniformly consistent. The bottom line is that when Kashmiris are suffering and the world has its own set of priorities, we need to find ways to help each other. We must be realistic, go beyond polemics and demagoguery, and propose innovative ideas that will bring peace, justice and prosperity in all of Jammu and Kashmir.

The author had two reasons to create this blog. First, it was to address the question that was being asked repeatedly, especially, by journalists and other observers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, inquiring whether the Kashmiri society was concerned about social, cultural and environmental challenges in the valley given that only political upheaval and violence were reported or highlighted by media.

Second, the author has covered the entire spectrum of societal issues and challenges facing Kashmiri people over an 8-year period with the exception of politics given that politics gets all the exposure at the expense of REAL CHALLENGES that will likely result in irreversible degradation in the quality of life and the standard of living for future generations of Kashmiris to come.

The author stopped adding additional material to the Blog once it was felt that most, if not all, concerns, challenges and issues facing the Kashmiri society are cataloged in the Blog. There are over 1900 entries in the Blog and most commentaries include short biographical sketches of authors to bring readers close to the essence of Kashmir. Unfortunately, the 8-year assessment also indicates that neither Kashmiri civil society, nor intellectuals or political leadership have any inclination or enthusiasm in pursuing issues that do not coincide with their vested political agendas. What it means for the future of Kashmiri children and their children is unfathomable. But the evidence is all laid out.

This Blog is a reality check on Kashmir. It is a historical record of how Kashmir lost its way.

Vijay Sazawal, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Institutional Corruption Rears its Ugly Head in Pahalgam

Vigilance busts Pahalgam land scam but we all know that it is just a "tip of the iceburg"

Nearly 40 Kanals of state land transferred illegally

Srinagar: A land scam has surfaced in Pahagam with State Vigilance Organisation (SVO), after conducting verification, registering a case against revenue officials and beneficiaries for ‘illegal mutation of state land in Estate Pahalgam and its adjacent villages.’

SVO sources said that the organization had received complaints against illegal allotment of land in Pahalgam and its adjacent villages. “When it was prima-facie established that Shamilat land in estate Pahalgam and its adjacent villages had been illegally mutated in revenue records and allotted to beneficiaries in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy with concerned revenue officials, a case FIR No.16/2009 was registered in P/S VOK,” a statement issued by SVO said.

The verification conducted by the organization revealed that land measuring 3 kanals 17 marlas under khasra No.266-Min, basically a State land, has been illegally transferred in favour of one Abdul Gani Khan S/o Abdul Aziz Khan and Abdul Majid Khan S/o Abdul Gani Khan, of Anantang, sources said.

“Similarly state land measuring 22 kanals in village Nunwan has also been found illegally transferred in favour of one Mohammad Bashir S/o Alam-din and another patch of State land measuring 1 kanal under khasra No.292/167 situated in village Nunwan has been transferred in favour of one Bashir Ahmad Najar S/o Abdul Gani R/o Lazbal Anantnag,” the sources said, adding, “This land is recorded as Khalsa Sarkar in the relevant revenue records.”

Further verification revealed that State land measuring 10 kanal 11 marlas situated at village Laripora under khasra No.291-294 has been illegally mutated vide No.701-LB-06 in favour of one Ghulam Ahmad S/o Mehda R/o Sallar.

“Officers/officials of Revenue department Tehsil Pahalgam in league with beneficiaries under a well knit conspiracy, by abuse of their official position, have illegally transferred the State land in favour of beneficiaries, thereby causing huge loss to state exchequer,” SVO statement said.

The statement further said that the investigation of the case has been taken up on priority and more such instances of illegal transfer of state land are expected to be unearthed in the course of further investigation.

(Kashmir Images)

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