Minister warns against occupation of state land in Azad Kashmir – Newspaper

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Chief Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas has warned against illegal occupation of state lands and construction on them, promising that the practice will be thwarted with an iron fist.

The minister issued the warning after photos posted on social media on Monday showed construction activity allegedly in the Forest Department’s Number 15 compartment in his constituency on the outskirts of Bagh town.

“Forest land protection officials should act quickly and not only remove illegal construction, but also take action against the people behind the illegal act,” he said, according to a press release.

Mr Ilyas, who holds the tourism, land-use planning and housing portfolios, also warned people against disposing of rubbish at tourist sites, chalking walls and other anti-corruption actions. environmental.

“These polluting tourist spots will not only be fined Rs 5,000 in cash but also imprisoned for at least a month,” he said.

He announced that the government would establish special complaint cells in district-level offices to solve people’s problems at the local level.

He said that while the upper echelons of the bureaucracy were highly competent, officers and officials at the district and tehsil level were frequently found guilty of dereliction of duty.

“But this can no longer be tolerated. Officials who do not take swift action to address people’s grievances should prepare for strict punitive measures,” he said. The minister said he had also received reports of encroachments and illegal construction on state lands from other parts of the state and asked the local government concerned to “make amends”.

Posted in Dawn, April 5, 2022

Michael A. Bynum