Staff Correspondent

Consumer rights organisation alleges discrimination in site allotment by MUDA

CriticismsThe MUDA has allotted sites to many for mere participation in sports eventsThe duo submitted applications to MUDA four times

MYSORE: A consumer rights organisation has threatened to move the court against alleged discrimination in allotment of sites by the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) to 96 persons under the sports quota during 2001.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the secretary of Consumer Care Society Ravindranath Guru said two recipients of gold medals in the women's rifle shooting event at the National Games of 1989 had been denied sites under the sports quota though they had submitted applications to MUDA on four occasions so far.

One of them, Asma Khanum, had even represented India in the Seoul Asian Games of 1989, the other Yasmeen Khanum is a 1992 Rajyothsava awardee.

After obtaining information from the MUDA under the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act recently, Mr. Guru claimed that the list of 96 allottees under the sports quota of 2001 clearly showed that the MUDA had allotted sites to many for mere participation in sports events.

"Is winning gold medals in National Games and representing the country in Asian Games a demerit," he asked.

Though Rajyothsava awardee Yasmeen Khanum had enclosed the Rajyothsava award certificate in the application, she has been denied a MUDA site under the sports quota. "A clear discrimination in the allotment of sites is apparent from the list of beneficiaries of the 2001 allotment, which shows that a majority have received sites only for participating in sports events," he said.

According to information made available by the MUDA, no allotments were made under the sports quota during 1995 and 1998. During 2001, a total of 96 persons were allotted sites under the sports quota. The MUDA had received 892 applications for allotment of sites under sports quota during 2005. But, the process for allotment of sites for applications received during 2005 was still under way.

A city-based advocate and Right to Information (RTI) activist Noor Mohammed has threatened to file a petition in the court questioning the parameters of MUDA for allotment of sites under the sports quota.

He said a campaign to create awareness on the Right to Information Act would be held in the city from July 1 to 15.