In the wake of the recent row over Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) land involving former revenue minister Eknath Khadse and Mumbai Economic Offences Wing chief Dhananjay Kamalakar, the Pune Divisional Commissioner S Chockolingam on Friday issued an order to all the government bodies in the Pune division to verify the land record documents from the revenue authorities in three months time.
The circular also clearly asks these government bodies to prepare a detailed report after checking and confirming their entries in the property cards and 7×12 extracts.
In the circular issued by the Divisional Commissioner to government bodies in Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur —mainly to departments that acquire huge tracts of lands such as Irrigation, Public Works Department, National Highways, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Municipal Corporations/Councils — the commissioner has stated that although land have been acquired by the land acquisition officer from the revenue department but the necessary changes have not been made in the “record of rights” and there is a need to check these to avoid any confusion on the status of the land acquired.
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“The recent cases have highlighted that in some of the cases, the entries are not made even as the land is acquired through the special land acquisition officer. In order to verify all the records of these government bodies, I have asked them to set up a camp where the nodal officer of the respective government institution, the land acquisition officer, the circle officer and the talathi would meet and check the respective documents to avoid any kind of issues in future,’’said Chockolingam.
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The order also clearly directs that the respective bodies should check the land acquired and the land in their possession with the mutation entries and if they find out that the entries are not made, they should get in touch with the district collector regarding the same.
The District Collector, on his part, would then have to check on these acquisitions and the entries that have been made by the officials and ensure there is no discrepancy, he added.
Keeping in mind Khadse’s case wherein during the land acquisition, compensation process was incomplete, the circular issued seeks authorities to check on every detail from acquisition to compensation.
Meanwhile, the MIDC, on their part, wants to check the issue of “other rights” and wants to prepare a detailed report on the lands acquired in the district and their status— whether the land is to be acquired or acquired and the compensation awarded. “It is necessary to check the status of all these lands acquired by the MIDC,’’ said a senior MIDC official under condition of anonymity. In the state, it is said that there are 82,000 hectare of land acquired by MIDC.
The Pune divisional comissioner has simultaneously issued a note to the MIDC and Pune collector in the MIDC case, involving Bhujangrao Ogale, who has staked claim of ownership of MIDC land.
The Divisional Commissioner in his note to MIDC, has questioned the MIDC on ownership of land and the claims of Bhujangrao Ogale and four others. The land in Mauje Karegaon, taluka Shirur gath number 443, which was acquired by MIDC, has shown claim of ownership by Bhujangrao Tukaram Ogale. How can the name of MIDC be deleted in the extracts?’’asks the divisional commissioner in his note to the MIDC and he has asked for a detailed explanation on the ownership with all the necessary papers. What steps have been taken from MIDC to reclaim the land too has been asked by the commissioner. A letter has been issued to the collector to check the land records concerning the land in Shirur taluka and the ownership. “How is that the name of MIDC does not reflect in the seven by twelve extracts and who is responsible for the same,’’ has been posed to the collector and the details have been sought in the case. The commissioner has also said that action should be initiated against those responsible for the said action.
With a complaint registered by the talathi to the police station regarding missing stamp from his office, the commissioner has also sought details on the same and what action has been initiated by the police on the said complaint.