From The Hindu
Land meant for poor regularised for Jagan, says CPI(M)
A CPI(M) member J. Ranga Reddy caused a flutter in the Assembly on Tuesday by alleging that the government had regularised two pieces of land at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, measuring 2,075 sq yards and 398 sq yards in favour of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, under Go. No. 166 though it was meant to benefit the poor.
He referred to these names while speaking about the irregularities committed while regularising occupation of government lands during the Question Hour.
Members of the CPI(M), CPI and BJP staged a walkout dubbing the reply by Revenue Minister D. Prasada Rao as “inadequate”.
The Telugu Desam, Praja Rajyam, MIM and Lok Satta too resented the reply. M. Narsimhulu (Telugu Desam) alleged that valuable lands were also regularised in favour of Y.S.Vivekananda Reddy, Rajasekhara Reddy's brother and Housing Minister C. Silpa Mohan Reddy, while slum-dwellers were mercilessly evicted from Ambedkar Nagar with police force.
In his reply, the Minister said the CPI (M) member's contention was incorrect as the lands for Rajasekhara Reddy and his son were regularised under other GOs. He said that in the case of below poverty line families, the regularisation was made free of cost up to 80 sq yards. For others, the facility was extended only if they paid the market value prevailing in 2003.
Over 89,000 applications were received in the State for regularisation under the GO and of them, nearly 15,000 were cleared, most of them favouring the poor.
Referring to the charges levelled by Mr. Ranga Reddy that Collectors and Joint Collectors earned huge sums using the GO, citing the case handled by former Hyderabad Collector Navin Mittal, he said severe action would be taken against officials if found guilty.
Earlier, Mr. Ranga Reddy alleged that large chunks of government land in Banjara Hills were unduly regularised in favour of Anand Prabhas Society.
G. Kishen Reddy (BJP) regretted that land of the ENT hospital at Koti was alienated in favour of a individual and 1,000 sq yards given to Urdu school at Amberpet taken back and handed over to a real estate company.