LET ME, at the very outset, make it clear I do not own any piece of land, house or shop whatsoever in Malviya Nagar, but I am aware when allotments were made to various long back, i.e., most probably in 1967 or so. People were persuaded, lured or rather cajoled to become members of the cooperative housing societies.
I vividly recollect that a society of journalists, of teachers, of freedom fighters and of government servants was there and got plots over which they constructed houses, which, in the present wave of ever-increasing prices, is causing a lot of ill-concerned controversies.
In the name of eradicating encroachments, misuse of land use and propagating astronomical figures of revenue to the exchequer, claims are being made which seem baseless and ill founded.
Taking an example of the Society of Government Servants, the then Director of Land Records allotted the land to the Municipality, which in turn allotted same in the shape of plots to the society.
The society, then made an agreement to the allottees for 999 years lease and there was no mention of any lease money to be paid to the society, what to say of the Government or the State Administration for that matter.
The government through its Director of Land Records transferred the land to the Municipality and got the price whatsoever demanded. The allottees have neither any agreement with the Government nor any lease deed was executed except for deed of conveyance by the society.
Now the Government through its District Administration is calling upon the third generation of the allottees to furnish replies to 24 questions which are not warranted and are basically to extort and terrorise them of consequences of ouster.
Let the District Administration call for the presidents and secretaries of the respective societies through Municipal authorities and examine the basic records rather than calling all 162 allottees on one and the same day of 15th January which the festive Makar Sankranti or Pongal to belittle them as if they are thieves, who have stolen something from Government and are to be interrogated like criminals.
Devi Saran, Bhopal