In the wake of various land scams hitting the armed forces, the Defence Ministry has decided to change its policies related to granting 'No Objection Certificates' (NOCs).
"After Adarsh (society scam), we have taken a decision to computerise entire land records with the Defence Estates so that nobody can play with them. We are also going to change the policy of granting NOCs," Defence Minister AK Antony told reporters but did not specify what alterations could be made.
He said that ten years ago, the management of defence land was not as desired and there were several cases of encroachments but with the new changes, the situation would improve in future.
The Minister was responding when asked about the action taken by the government in the cases of land scams like those involving Adarsh society in Mumbai, Sukna in West Bengal and the latest Kandivali again in Mumbai.
These scams have been related to granting of NOCs to private builders, allowing them to construct structures on military land or plots adjacent to sensitive bases.
A number of senior serving and retired officers including three former Services chiefs are facing allegations in these scams.
Asked about the Adarsh case, the Minister said, "CBI is already carrying out investigations. We are expecting them to soon file a report in this regard."
Commenting on the latest scam in Kandivili allegedly involving former Minister Rao Inderjit Singh and former Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor, Antony said, We have already received the report and we are examining it."
He said that in large organisations like the Defence forces, complaints would be there.
"What matters is whether action is taken against them or not. We are taking action whenever we receive any complaint and we look into them," the Defence Minister said.
He asserted that "there will be no cover up and there is no question of showing generosity to the accused but there will be no vendetta."
On the issue related to the secret file, which went missing and was later recovered by a roadside, Antony said, the Ministry was waiting for the IAF report in this regard.
After the secret file was recovered from the roadside in a locality here, the Defence Ministry and the IAF had ordered two separate probes to look into the matter.