Booklet on Land ScamPublished by Odisha Civil Society Groups
After CAG expose in 2014 about large-scale irregularities and illegalities in respect of allotment of land/plot made by General Administration Department, BDA, CDA and IDCO and farudlent means adopted by the State bureaucracy to allot land to Hotels, corporate house and private educational Institutions like KIIT ( Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology ), the 28 Social Action Groups got united and launched campaign demanding CBI Inquiry into this land scam, cancellation of all plots illegally acquired by the people and multiple plots taken by the powerful and influential people by filling false affidavit and initiating legal action against these people and officials involved i it. It is needless to mention here that prior to CAG expose, the RTI Activists have brought to limelight how the top bureaucrats like Sri Tarun Kanti Mishra, former Chief Secretary, Sri Bijay Sharma, Addl. DG, rime Branch, Sri Nikunja Dhal, Sri U.N.Behera, Sri Jagadanand Mohanty, former Information Commissioner have illegally acquired multiple plots or single plot filling false affidavit.
The Civil Society Groups organised mass demonstration, rally, Dharana and submitted series of memorandum from Governor to Prime Minister seeking CBI Inquiry. Being pressurised by the movement, the State Govt. constituted a Task Force in August 2014 to enquire into the irregularities in allotment of land/plot by GA, BDA, CDA and Odisha State Housing Board, but kept IDCO out of the purview of enquiry to save KIIT led by Achyut Samant, the biggest land grabber in Bhubaneswar ( More than 85 acres of land illegally acquired by him in Chandaka Idustrial area).Though the Task Force produced the report with a lot of recommendations which was accepted by the Govt. through a cabinet resolution on 18.12.14, the State Govt. has not taken any action against the Ministers, MLAs and top bureaucrats involved in the scam. To confuse the people, the State Govt. is releasing the news about arrest of lowest employees in BDA and CDA involved in allotment of plots.
In this context, to streamline and strengthen the land scam campaign in support of demand for CBI Inquiry, the Civil Society Groups have published a booklet on Land Scam in Odia . This booklet contains 8 chapter covering 60 pages describing details of illegalities and irregularities committed and fraudlent means adopted by Sri K.V.Singhdeo and Sri Samir Deo former Ministers while allotting the plot under Discretionary quota. A Chariot Campaign on Land Scam will start very soon to sensitise the people how Nabin Patnaik Govt. has caused thousand crores of revenue loss to State Exchequer by allotting land at throw away price by keeping lowering down the premium value of land from 1998 to 2009 . Sri Achyut Samant, founder, KIIT has become the biggest beneficiary of this land scam.
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