In India, Indian government plans to auction enemy properties, home ministry starting the process of identifying all such estates

In India, according to media news report, the Indian government is planning to auction enemy properties, the home ministry reportedly starting the process of identifying all such estates, media news report said.

Reportedly the move comes after amendment to the 49-year-old Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Act. The change in the law ensured that the heirs of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during Partition and afterwards will have no claim over the properties left behind in India.

According to media news report, in a recent meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was informed that the survey of 6,289 enemy properties has been completed and that of the remaining 2,991 properties which are vested with the custodian will be completed, said media news report.

Reportedly according to the official said that Mr. Singh directed that those properties which are free from encumbrance should be disposed of quickly for monetisation.

According to media news report, among the 9,280 properties left behind by Pakistan nationals, the highest 4,991 properties are located in Uttar Pradesh followed by West Bengal which has 2,735 such estates.

Reportedly there are 487 such properties in Delhi. Among the 126 properties left behind by Chinese nationals, the highest 57 are located in Meghalaya followed by West Bengal with 29 and Assam has seven such properties, said media news report.

-AENNS 14/01/2018