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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Congress asks MP govt: Where is the merger agreement?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 11, 2013
First Published: 11:01 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:04 IST(11/7/2013)

BJP MLA Jitendra Daga put his own party in a dock by asking questions on merger agreement during the question hour in state assembly.

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Daga asked revenue minister Karan Singh Verma as to why his questions related to merger agreement were not being answered by Bhopal district collector.

Daga said he was informed that his letter would be replied by July 12.

Daga alleged that the collector is saving skin of corrupt officials; the MLA demanded “proper” inquiry into the matter.

“But where is the merger agreement, nobody has seen it yet. If there is anything like it the government should table it in the assembly.

Urban administration minister Babulal Gaur never gives straight reply to the questions related to merger agreement. People are being looted in the name of merger agreement,” Congress MLA Arif Aqueel said.

Leader of opposition Ajay Singh said residents of Bairagarh and Idgah are misled and being harassed in the name of merger agreement.

Gaur replied that it has legal ramifications and the cabinet would be amending land revenue act soon, and the matter would be clear within a month.

In another question related to land allotment the government was on back foot. Narmada Prasad Prajapati of the Congress alleged that the government allotted land meant for public use for other purposes, violating norms.

Revenue minister Karan Singh Verma replied, “I can understand it, but I am unable to answer.” Prajapati said land had been allotted for godowns and later this land could go into private hands. Verma assured Prajapati of looking into the matter.

Congress MLA Imarti Devi during question hour said land rules are thrown to the wind and the land of closed sugar mill in Dabra had been allotted to people against norms.

She said the land could only be given for agricultural purpose but some people have started cutting plots on the said land.

The opposition leader said there are some influential people who are cutting plots on the land of Dabra sugar mill and some of them could be present here as well.

Ministers Anup Mishra and Narottam Mishra took strong exception to Singh’s statement and asked him to name the persons.

Speaker Ishwardas Rohani intervened in the matter and instructed the government to conduct inquiry if lease conditions were violated and also to see what the lease conditions were.

Rohani asked the government to complete the inquiry within one month.

The speaker also instructed the government to ensure payments of poor farmers that are pending with the sugar mill.


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