illegal colonies: Provisional amnesty was ill-advised,says Lokayukta

The Lokayukta on Tuesday said the state government knowingly broke rules to favour a select few while offering provisional amnesty to illegal colonies four years ago and bred corruption.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 1:37:41 am

The Lokayukta on Tuesday said the state government knowingly broke rules to favour a select few while offering provisional amnesty to illegal colonies four years ago and bred corruption.

Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin said the process the government adopted was “ill-advised” and recommended the Lieutenant-Governor issue an advisory to Urban Development officials condemning the procedure.

“It should not have been resorted to without verification of the eligibility conditions…(it) was ill-advised,having the potential to breed corruption,malpractices and speculation in real estate,” Sarin said in his interim report.

Ahead of the state elections in 2008,Sheila Dikshit’s government had granted provisional regularisation certificates (PRCs),to 1,239 illegal colonies.

An internal report of the Delhi government last year had also found that violations were committed while offering amnesty and had called for a criminal probe.

The Lokayukta’s order on Tuesday came on a petition that three unauthorised colonies in Southeast Delhi that were given the certificate did not meet the amnesty criteria.

In the complaint,former legislator Ramvir Bhiduri and South Delhi resident Arun Rai alleged that these colonies either did not exist or did not qualify for the amnesty criteria in 2008.

He said in his interim report,“It appears that en-masse PRCs were granted without regard to eligibility,for extraneous reasons to appease a large segment of people and for benefit of certain sections.”

The government argued that it issued provisional certificates based on affidavits by resident associations that they met the eligibility criteria,and had planned to verify their claims later.

But Sarin said the government should have first verified whether a colony met the amnesty criteria,or worse,if it even existed,before it was given a certificate.

“The issuance of PRCs simply on completion of documents under Clause-4,without verification,militates against the objective for which issuance of PRCs was sought. This has been demonstrated in the present case where some of the purported colonies are still plain fields,” the order reads.

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