Change in Guidelines
According to a Home Ministry notification, the guidelines for disposal of enemy properties have been changed, under which the process of eviction of enemy properties will be initiated with the help of the concerned District Magistrate or Deputy Commissioner before the sale of the properties. According to the notification, in case the value of the enemy property is less than Rs 1 crore, the custodian will make an offer to purchase the property to the first occupier. If they refuse it, the enemy property will be disposed of as per the procedure specified in the guidelines.
E-Auction through ‘METAL SCRAP TRADE CORPORATION LIMITED’
The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the e-auction of enemy properties will be done through the e-auction platform of the Public Enterprise ‘Metal Scrap Trade Corporation Limited’. Officials said the government has received an income of Rs 3,400 crore from the sale of enemy properties, mostly movable assets such as shares and gold. None of the 12,611 immovable enemy properties have been sold by the government so far.
Survey started in 20 states and three union territories
The Ministry of Home Affairs has already launched a national survey of enemy properties spread across 20 states and three union territories. The objective is to identify all such properties and subsequently sell them. Of the 12,611 properties held by CEPI, a total of 12,485 belong to Pakistani nationals. While 126 belong to Chinese nationals. Of these, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of 6,255 enemy properties, followed by West Bengal (4,088 properties), Delhi (659), Goa (295), Maharashtra (208), Telangana (158), Gujarat (151), Tripura (105). There are 71 enemy properties in Bihar (94), Madhya Pradesh (94), Chhattisgarh (78) and Haryana. There are also enemy properties in other states and union territories of the country.