Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Three trusts in district told to return unused govt land

Lohegaon-based Defence Persons Cooperative Society is one of the three trusts told to return govt land. (Express  file) Lohegaon-based Defence Persons Cooperative Society is one of the three trusts told to return govt land. (Express file)
Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Posted: July 23, 2014 3:18 am

Of the 11 trusts from Pune under the scanner — including educational trusts – three have been directed to return government land by the Maharashtra Public Accounts Committee “for breach of permission and not using the land for specific purpose in the given time-frame.”

During a hearing, the PAC directed Lohegaon-based Defence Persons Cooperative Society, Trimurti Adivasi Society and the Pune International Marathon Trust to return the government land allotted to them.

While the Defence Persons Cooperative Society was given 18,600 sq m in 2005, Trimurti Adivasi Society was allotted 4,619 sq m in 2001 and Pune International Marathon Trust allotted 15,600 sq m in 2003. Pune district collector Saurabh Rao had given the report to PAC after the CAG report pointed out discrepancies. The PAC found violation in three cases.

Eleven trusts were under watch in Pune district, of the 24 cases heard.
The others were from Nashik and Thane. Last week, PAC had directed the administration to give a detailed report on these cases. PAC directed the district administration to give details of government land leased out to trusts in the past 20 years.

Rao, when contacted, said the administration would give the data to CAG in three days. “We have a separate lease register and data is available with us and we should be able to submit details as required in three days time,” said Rao. He said he will direct the administration to compile data of all government land given to trusts and it would be in the public domain through the website.

CAG had stated that they needed reports of 11 trusts from Pune. The district administration issued notices to these institutes for alleged violation of rules.

Some institutes that had sought land to construct schools had to request for a change in use as they were given permission for higher secondary sections while there were others trusts that did not comply with norms.

Most institutes allotted land from 1960s to recent years violated the clause of construction within two years. Last year, audits by the state Auditor General pointed out discrepancies in the way government land was given on lease in the district.

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