New Delhi, Aug 11: Hindus who migrated out of Kashmir and are returning post abrogation of Article 370 can approach District Magistrate for restoration of their ancestral property if it has been encroached and nine properties have been restored so far, Union Home Ministry said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
In a question to Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai asked the government to tell whether it is taking steps to restore ancestral property of Hindus who had to run away from Kashmir in the wake of terrorist violence there.
Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai replied in affirmative, and said after abrogation of Article 370, a total of 520 migrants have returned to Kashmir for taking up the jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015.
He added that nine properties have been restored to their rightful owners so far, as per the information provided by the government of Jammu & Kashmir.
Rai said under the J&K Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection & Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997, District Magistrates (DMs) of Districts concerned in Jammu and Kashmir are the legal custodians of the immovable properties of Migrants, who take suo motu action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment.
“The migrants can also request DMs in such cases,” Rai said.