The officials announced on Monday, some enemy properties which were left behind by people after migrating to Pakistan since the Partition and to China after the 1962 Sino-Indian war will be now “public use”.
The declaration comes in the middle of the central government’s efforts to sell more than 9,400 enemy properties, worth over Rs. 1 lakh crore and Rs. 3,000 crore was worth of enemy shares.
According to a notification issued by the Home Ministry, the disposal guidelines of Enemy Property Order, 2018 it has been revised that “usages of enemy property by the state government exclusively for public use”.
Enemy properties signify those properties that were left behind by the people who went to Pakistan and China changing their citizenship. According to the record, there are 9,280 such properties left behind by Pakistani nationals and 126 by Chinese nationals.
Among 9,280 properties left behind by the Pakistani citizenship holding people, 4,991 are located in Uttar Pradesh, the highest in the country while 2,735 properties are in West Bengal and 487 in Delhi.
In Meghalaya, there are 57 properties left behind by the Chinese people and in West Bengal, there are 29 such properties and Assam even.
Last year, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir had told the Rajya Sabha, “The estimated value of all enemy properties is approximately Rs. 1 lakh crore.”
According to the official records, A total 6,50,75,877 shares in 996 companies of 20,323 shareholders are under the custody of the Custodian of Enemy Property for India.
In 1968, the Enemy Property Act was enacted to manage such properties. In 2017, the act was amended so that those who migrated to Pakistan and China will have no claim over those properties.

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