‘GO 166 will help the rich rather than benefitting the poor’
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded that the State government cancel or make necessary modifications to its order (GO Ms. 166) as it gives scope for rich and influential to regularise vast tracts of lands rather than benefiting the poor.
In a letter addressed to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu said the GO issued in 2008 was aimed at regularising lands that were in occupation of weaker sections, slum dwellers and common people. Certain clauses in the order, however, enabled big businesses secure valuable lands defeating the purpose for which the GO was issued.
For instance, the definition of occupation in Clause 4(a) provided for regularisation of land with 75 per cent reduction in cost even if the occupant had no permanent construction on lands measuring 2,000 sq.yds. Clauses like this watered down the essence of the order and gave scope for regularisation of land in prime areas such as Banjara Hills in Hyderabad.
While 19,727 poor had applied for regularisation of their lands in Hyderabad district, 1,687 had been regularised and the remaining 17,508 applications had been rejected. The lapses in the GO were pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General in its report and the government itself had admitted to some shortcomings. In view of this, effort should be made to make necessary modifications in the order or cancel it altogether, he added.