New Delhi, July 19 (KMS): The Indian government owes an outstanding due of Rs 24.5 crore as rent to various landowners in occupied Kashmir, the Defence Ministry has informed the Parliament.

The Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Defence, Shripad Naik, through a written reply to the Parliament said that the outstanding dues were only for land hired by the Defence Ministry for its various wings, departments and organisations in 22 districts of Kashmir. He said, the ministry has 56,615.54 acres of land under its possession on rent in Kashmir. He said the properties have been hired by the ministry either from private landowners or from the administration.

Through the reply, Shripad Naik provided a breakdown of respective parcels of land in different districts of the territory that have been obtained on rent by the Indian forces. A maximum of 18,935.47 acres of land have been taken on rent in Jammu district. Srinagar comes second with 3757.84 acres of land on rent with the ministry.

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