Himachal initiates process to confiscate benami properties

The Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday initiated the process to confiscate all benami properties.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: June 8, 2012 12:42 am

The Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday initiated the process to confiscate all benami properties.

The state Cabinet,which accepted the final report of one-man Benami Commission,headed by Justice (Retd) D P Sood,submitted on May 30,directed the Revenue and Home Departments to initiate required action in the cases mentioned in the report.

The commission was set to probe into the land violations especially under section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act 1972,and has recommended action in 34 cases. In its final report,the commission had dropped action in 49 other cases mentioned in its interim report.

The commission,had also recommended scrapping of the HP Apartment and Property Regulation Act holding that it opened the doors for builders to create a concrete jungle and spoil the natural forested environment in the state.

Deepak Sanan,principal secretary (revenue) said,“Action will be taken in all the cases where violations have been detected”.

Since most of the violations relate to the earlier Congress regime,the Opposition has termed the report as one sided . “The party on return to power will hold inquiry into all the benami deals of the BJP regime,” Congress MLA Mukesh Agnihotri said.

Other cabinet decisions

Nod to recruit 800 constables

Approves release of 8.33 per cent bonus to the employees of HP Food and Civil Supplies Corporation for the financial years of 2008-09,2009-10 and 2010-11. Maximum limit of bonus for each year not to exceed Rs 3,500.

Nod to upgrade police posts at Kala Amb (Sirmaur) and Fatehpur (Kangra) as full-fledged police stations; new police posts at Tanda (Kangra),Tahliwal,(Una) and Neoli ( Kullu).

Okays upgrade of 20-bed Ayurvedic Hospital at Hamirpur to 50-beds

Approves draft Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Rules,2012.

Nod to enhance capacity of 9 MW Beas Kund HEP to 12 MW

Permission to relocate 30 MW Malana-III HEP in Kullu.

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