Gorhe had raised the issue after an RTI application filed by The Indian Express revealed that institutions were flouting norms
The state government has ordered an audit of all government plots given to educational institutions and also sought recovery of dues from them.
After an RTI application filed by The Indian Express revealed that the institutions were flouting norms,MLC Neelam Gorhe had raised the issue of educational institutions misusing plots acquired from the government at concessional rates and not giving the dues
Gorhe had alleged that the institutions violated the rules and there was a need for proper assessment of the same.
These institutions have taken government land and are clearly violating rules. Some of the institutions have land in their possession but have not started work,while others have not used the land for educational purposes. There is a need for checks and I will follow it with the minister, said Gorhe.
The RTI application revealed that of the 63 educational institutions in Pune district that were given land for educational purposes,five from Pune city and Haveli taluka have violated the Maharashtra Land Revenue (disposal of government lands) Rules 1971 while the process of verification of 27 others was under way. Only 31 institutions have been cleared and the verification process is going at snails pace as there are cases of missing papers of some institutes and a few are yet to file their replies,the RTI revealed.
According to the Revenue Department,the violators included Bharati Vidyapeeth (Lohegaon),Kannada Sangh,Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology,Progressive Education Society Modern High School,Mauje Aundh and Dnyaneshwari Shikshan Trust,Yerawada.
Gorhe said she will forward an application to the state government along with the RTI replies so that the case is taken up on priority basis.
The issue had earlier surfaced in the CAG report which had slammed educational institutions for misusing plots acquired from the government by changing the land reservation,renting out the premises for other purposes and by getting the land at unjustified concessional rates.
The report had mentioned the case of State Forest Minister Patangrao Kadams educational institute Bharati Vidyapeeth that is in possession of 19,200 sq m land in Pune.
According to the rules,government plots are given free of occupancy price and free of revenue for construction of schools,colleges,hospitals,dispensaries and other public works out of which profit is not expected. The government also gives land for playground in schools and colleges and gymnasium for 15 years on payment of nominal lease rent of Re 1 per annum.
Most of the institutions that have been allotted land do not have the date of land allocation in the list provided by the Pune district collectorate.