Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Principal Secretary stops auction of Gauchar land for agriculture and other purposes

Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana
Development and Panchayats Department

To All the Deputy Commissioners, in Haryana State

Memo No. CBA-4/2013/27542-567 Dated: 20/5/13

Subject: Auction of Gau Charan Land

Kindly refer to the Chief Secretary to Government. Haryana's D.O. letter no SBA 1- 2012/4l918-38,dated 02.08.2012, vide which it was requested to take immediate steps to get the lands, reserved or earmarked for Charand/Gau Charand or for other common purposes, vested in Gram Panchayats, vacated immediately, as per provisions of law. Now it has been brought to the notice of the department that Gau Charand land is being auctioned by tho Gram Panchayats for cultivation or other purposes in various Districts.

The matter has been reexamined by the Government and it has been decided that Gau Charand lands should not be auctioned for cultivation or other purposes till further orders. Meanwhile, you have to compile the data as to how many such lands are being auctioned? What would be the potential loss of revenue to panchayats and finally if the PVCL allows for land utilisation to be changed then have we examined the modalities for protecting Charand land depending on the cattle population of the panchayats area while not affecting the revenue loss to panchayats.

You are, therefore, requested to provide details regarding Charand lads and bring these instruction to the notice of all the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions & field functionaries of the development.
for Principal Secretary to Government, of Haryana,
Development and Panchayats Department

Endst No. SBA 4-2013/27563-27708 Dated: 20/5/13

A copy is forwarded to the following for information and necessary action:-

  1. All Divisional commissioners in Haryana State
  2. All District Development & Panchayat Officers in Haryana State
  3. All Block Development & Panchayat Officers in Haryana State
for Principal Secretary to Government, of Haryana,
Development and Panchayats Department

** This order has been shared by Mr. Rakesh Agarwal, Hisar, Haryana.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lokayukta police arrest four for encroaching government land

By Express News Service – BANGALORE | 26th July 2013 12:24 PM

The Lokayukta Police on Thursday conducted searches at the Doddagattiganabbe Gram Panchayat in Hoskote in connection with a case of encroachment of government land and creation of 40 sites. The police had taken up a case based on credible information and registered an FIR against three officials of the GP and a private individual.
The accused named in the FIR are Panchayat Development Officer Ayub Khan, secretary Anke Gowda, Bill Collector Krishnappa and a private individual Marappa. The Lokayukta Police said the accused had entered into a conspiracy in the year 2008-09 to encroach ‘gomala’ land at survey number 28 in Chikkagattigabbe village, Doddagattiganabbe GP. Accordingly, they created false documents to transfer it in Marappa’s name. The Lokayukta police scrutinised the information they received and registered an FIR after finding prima facie evidence against the accused.
On Thursday, a team of Lokayukta officials searched the houses of the accused and seized incriminating documents pertaining to the scam.
Also, the registrar of the Minor Irrigation Department in Jayanagar was caught red-handed and arrested by Lokayukta police while allegedly accepting a bribe of `3,000 on Wednesday.

Lokayukta cop hid details of assets’
Former corporator Laxminarayana, who had earlier filed a private complaint against ADGP-Lokayukta H N S Rao, submitted additional documents on Thursday pertaining to a property owned by Rao’s wife at Maravante in Udupi district.
The official also did not reveal about this property in the returns filed before the government, the petitioner said.
ADGP Rao said the complaint was baseless. ”My wife purchased the property with her own resources. I have shown my part as help rendered to her in buying the property. There was no violation of any rules,” he said.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

'Moti Dongor demolition case judgment by next week'

TNN Jul 20, 2013, 02.54AM IST

MARGAO: The comunidades of Margao and Aquem have submitted their say in the slum demolition case, thereby paving the way for the administrator of comunidades to deliver the judgment in the case pertaining to demolition of the illegal structures at MotiDongor and Tolsanzor.

The comunidades, in their say, have countered all the claims made by the slum dwellers and raised objections to the demands for regularization of their structures, sources informed. Confirming this, administrator of comunidades Sangita Naik said that she will deliver the judgment in the case by next week.

At the recent hearings conducted by the administrator of comunidades, the affected slum dwellers had pleaded for regularization of their structures. The Moti Dongor residents had pointed out that the area where their structures stand has been notified as a slum area by the government and pleaded they should be rehabilitated in case the authorities decide to demolish the slums. The Tolsanzor residents had sought protection from demolition of their slums on the grounds that their applications for regularization of structures made to the district collector in 2002 were still pending.

Sources said that the comunidades of Margao and Aquem have taken strong exception to claims for regularization, citing a Supreme Court judgment in July 2011, in the case of Jagpal Singh vs state of Punjab and others.

The Supreme Court, in the said case, had come down heavily on encroachments on common lands in village communities in India, and inter-alia directed state governments 'to prepare schemes for speedy eviction of illegal/unauthorized occupants of such lands after giving a show-cause notice and brief hearing'. While dismissing the appeal filed by the appellant against the state of Punjab, the court observed thus: "Long duration of such illegal occupation or huge expenditure in making constructions thereon or political connections must not be treated as justification for condoning this illegal act or for regularizing the illegal possession." Chief secretaries of all states were directed to submit compliance report.

The then chief secretary Sanjay Srivastava had sworn an affidavit in the Supreme court assuring the court that 'the state has in place the appropriate enactments to remove encroachments from the lands belonging to the government or local authority or a comunidade'.

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