A panel led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah would monitor the disposal of enemy properties in the country. Shah would be heading a Group of Ministers (GoM) who would overlook disposal of 9,400 such properties.
The disposal of the enemy properties would bring around 1 lakh crore to the exchequer. The government would also constitute two high-level committees for the purpose. One of the committee would be chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla would be co-chairing the other one.
Enemy Property Act of 1968 defines certain properties as that of enemy nations in the country. As per the act “any property belonging to, held or managed on behalf of an enemy subject or an enemy firm, including properties left behind by the people who took citizenship of Pakistan and China is enemy property“.
Such properties are vested in the Custodian of Enemy Property for India under the Enemy Property Act. There are 9,280 properties left behind by Pakistani nationals and 126 properties left behind by Chinese nationals in India.
Amongst these properties the most number of properties(4,991) are located in Uttar Pradesh, followed by West Bengal which has 2,735 such estates. Delhi has 487 such properties.
Inputs from The Hindu