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Need to look at amnesty beneficiaries: Govt report

An internal report,which found huge irregularities in Delhi government’s amnesty to 1,239 illegal colonies nearly four years ago,has stressed on a thorough rescrutiny of the eligibility of all the beneficiaries.

Written by Ravi Bajpai | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2012 2:29:04 am

An internal report,which found huge irregularities in Delhi government’s amnesty to 1,239 illegal colonies nearly four years ago,has stressed on a thorough rescrutiny of the eligibility of all the beneficiaries.

If the government doesn’t recheck the eligibility before approving their provisional amnesty,it risks “playing into the hands of vested interests”,the report by Divisional Commissioner Vijay Dev has warned.

“There is a crying need to restore the faith of the citizens in the process of regularisation of unauthorised colonies… by coming down heavily on vested interests within or without the government,” the report stated.

The report was submitted to the Chief Secretary last November but has not been made public so far. Newsline got a copy of it through a Right to Information application and was the first to report its findings on Thursday.

According to the report,Urban Development officials broke all rules in granting amnesty . It calls for a criminal probe to prosecute violators.

Ahead of state elections in 2008,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s government offered assurance of amnesty to 1,239 illegal colonies,which are home to nearly a fourth of the Capital’s electorate,with a commitment that they will be declared legal subsequently after necessary formalities.

But the report of the internal inquiry — which Dikshit ordered following complaints of irregularities — states that government land was allowed to be encroached upon and amnesty offered to land grabbers on the basis of bogus documents.

Calling for a complete rescrutiny ,the report states that the government must stop relying on surveys by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) while processing final approvals.

As per amnesty rules,colonies receiving the amnesty should have been in existence as on March 31,2002,and at least half the plots should have been built as on February 8,2007.

Vijay Dev’s report also casts serious doubts on the authenticity of ground checks supplied by the MCD on these two counts,saying the agency’s records were doctored.

The report reads,“MCD miserably failed in giving the correct extent of built-up percentages and vested interests dictated the figures. About 300 colonies were inspected and the built-up area was analysed in just three days by MCD.”

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