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LDA babus rub salt into the wound

AFTER THE one-man Zaidi Commission, it is the ongoing electoral roll revision exercise that has become yet another tool in the hands of sluggish LDA ?babus? to make people run from pillar to post. Since March, registries of a large number of LDA allottees had been put on the hold because of the delay on part the State Government to issue of the Government Order allowing the stamp duty concession to development authorities. The allottees heaved a sigh of relief when the authorities a fortnight ago finally put out the much-awaited concerning GO.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 00:40 IST

AFTER THE one-man Zaidi Commission, it is the ongoing electoral roll revision exercise that has become yet another tool in the hands of sluggish LDA ‘babus’ to make people run from pillar to post.

Since March, registries of a large number of LDA allottees had been put on the hold because of the delay on part the State Government to issue of the Government Order allowing the stamp duty concession to development authorities. The allottees heaved a sigh of relief when the authorities a fortnight ago finally put out the much-awaited concerning GO.

But their joy was short-lived, when some of these harassed allottees, who approached the LDA officials for getting their property registered, were informed that their files had been sent to the Zaidi Commission in Allahabad inquiring into anomalies in plot-allotments. The latest excuse being offered to those visiting the development agency to get their job done is: the staff of the concerning section has been put on the roll-revision duty by the authorities. According to an estimate, the LDA has 20,804 allottees in its various housing schemes, whose registries are yet to be executed.

“This is sheer harassment. Now we are being told to wait by these sloth bears till the voters’ list revision exercise is over,” fumes Nizamuddin Alam, who has a plot in Mansarovar Scheme of the LDA. Urmila Gupta, a review officer in the secretariat, who was allotted plot number 1/366 in Jankipuram Extension Scheme of the LDA too has similar story to narrate.

“It is precisely to prevent an adverse effect on the normal functioning that the Election Commission has stipulated that not more than 30 per cent staff should be drawn from a particular department,” said an LDA official. He blamed the administration authorities for not following the guidelines and the prevailing mess in the LDA. Additional District Magistrate (Executive) NP Singh, also deputy district election officer, on the other hand, said that they had clear-cut orders from the Election Commission to employ staff of housing and civic bodies because of their familiarity with the city areas. “Teachers’ are the only one who have been given some concession by the EC in such duties so as not to affect the educational curriculum,” he said.

As for the property files that have been dumped with the Zaidi Commission, LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh had drawn the attention of the Commission towards the problem through an affidavit. He had stated that on an average the department dealt with 4,000 files per month related to residential properties.

“If all the available files are handed over to the honorable commission for inquiry in one stretch then the department would be unable to process the various applications of the allottees/owners it receives till the files are returned by the commission. This may cause public inconvenience as well as law and order problem in the State capital,” he said. But the Commission is yet to act on the request.