JK gives Centre more time to vacate Chandigarh property
State Losing Crores,Gets Peanuts As Rent
Srinagar, Sep 5: In a glaring instance of non-seriousness of the government in retrieving its multi-crore rupees assets outside the State, JK has given into the demand of the Union Labour Ministry for extending the date for vacating its commercial property in Chandigarh.
A prized piece of property belonging to J&K- four-storey commercial building - in Chandigarh is under the possession of the Ministry at a meager rent since 1987.
Official documents with Greater Kashmir reveal that JK government has extended the period for vacation of the property up to 31-12-2013.
The Secretary to Government of India, Labour & Employment, vide letter no:d-11011/ 1/ 2005/esa/(lb)Vol. 11 dated May 9, 2013 made a request to the J&K government to extend the time for vacating the building.
In response, the State government, without resisting the proposal, conveyed its concurrence to the extension, vide its letter No: HP/ TA/ NZC/ 30/ 2011 dated 15-07-2013.
In 2012, according to sources, the State government had done the same.
Then the Union Ministry in a letter to Chief Secretary of JK had sought more time for vacation of the building as “its plans to construct own building was in final stages of approval with the Chandigarh administration.”
Last year, the JK government claimed that the property would be handed over to it by this year.
“Union Home Minister P Chidambaram assured us that the property of J&K in Chandigarh, including 4-storey commercial building and a basement which is presently on lease with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, will be handed over to State by next year,” Minister of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj-Mohi-ud-din, who was part of J&K’s delegation at Northern Zone Council (NZC) meeting at Chandigarh, had said.
The Ministry pays a meager rent of Rs 1,35,340 per annum for the building. This is notwithstanding the original agreement that entitled that there would increase of 8 per cent rent per annum of the property.
The Property Tax Department, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh, has put its annual rental value at Rs 41,17,080.
The five-year lease period of the property lapsed in 1992, but the lease has not been renewed since.
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