THE STATE Government will provide office-cum-residence to patwaris in the State with a view to ensuring their presence in their respective areas most of the time. There are 12,000 patwari halkas in the State.
Minister for Revenue Kamal Patel announced this in the State Assembly during question hour on Thursday while responding to a question from Giriraj Mandloi.
Mandloi sought to know the number of patwari bhavans constructed in the State from 2004-05 to 2006-07. He said most of the patwaris in his assembly constituency stayed away from their areas because of non-availability of patwari bhavans, affecting farmers a lot.
Patel said the Government planned to build office-cum-residence for patwaris at 12,000 patwari halka headquarters so that the patwaris stayed there permanently and people could contact them for their work. The Minister informed the Government had issued instructions to all the district collectors to acquire land for building proposed bhavans.
In reply to another question, Kamal Patel said the government had cancelled 2,045 lease deeds (pattas) of land. The lease deeds include 1,685 lease deeds for land for agriculture purposes and 360 for plots for residential purposes.
Strict action would be taken against officials who had violated rules in allotting land on lease, the Minister said. One of the officials had allotted land in the name of his wife.
Aqueel sought to know how many lease deeds of agriculture land and residential plots had been cancelled in the past two years.
To this, the Minister said the information collected from 38 districts suggested that 2,045 pattas had been cancelled in 22 districts.
The MLA placed his objection before the Speaker that the Government was not serious to their questions given the fact the Minister was giving the information for only 22 districts and not for the whole State. He also pointed out anomalies in the number of pattas.
At this point, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani asked the Minister to disclose the names of officials who had misused their positions in allotting the land and also the names of politicians on whose recommendations the land was allotted.
Jamuna Devi said several persons had taken loan against the agriculture land. Since the pattas in their names had been cancelled, the Government should help such persons repay their loans. Responding to a question from Nagendra Singh on encroachment of land in the Civil Lines area of Rewa, the Minister said the Shviraj Singh Government intended to remove encroachments in the State.