‘12,326 acres defence land under encroachment’

Over 12,000 acre of defence land across the country is under encroachment, Defence Minister AK Antony said in reply to a Lok Sabha query.

New Delhi: "A total of 12,326 acres of defence land is under encroachment...862 cases pertaining to encroachment are pending in different courts," Defence Minister AK Antony said on Monday in reply to a Lok Sabha query.

With more than 17 lakh acres land under them, the defence
forces are one of the largest owners of land in the country.

As per the state-wise data, 3,080 acres land is under
encroachment in Uttar Pradesh followed by 1,491 acres in
Madhya Pradesh.

The Defence Minister said the Directorate General of
Defence Estates (DGDE) has initiated a programme for
computerisation of defence land registration.

"Two projects -- one on digitisation of land records
involving scanning, indexing and the other on the survey of
land -- have been sanctioned recently to be completed in a
time bound manner," he said.

In reply to another query, the Defence Ministry said it
was considering a proposal to bring Short Service Commission
(SSC) officers under ex-servicemen contributory health scheme
to attract more youths to join the forces.


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