BHOPAL : Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, addressing the State Assembly during Zero Hour here on Wednesday, expressed his concern over sale of Pattas of government land allotted to people belonging to SC and ST categories and their problems. Chauhan urged constituting an all-party committee of the Vidhan Sabha before taking a policy decision in this matter. Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma announced to constitute the Committee soon.

Chauhan said there is a tradition to allot land to people belonging to SC and ST categories and to prevent the misuse of the Patta, arrangement has been made that such land cannot be sold without Collector’s permission. Such land can be sold after 10 years.

He said despite this, influential people buy the land of Pattas of SC and ST people at a throw-away price. He said arrangement to ensure that SC and ST people should not be inconvenienced in selling their land, should be considered. A committee of state Assembly should be constituted in this context, which would include members of the ruling party and the opposition.

Nal-jal Yojana to be re-launched

Chief Minister Chauhan announced in the house that the shortage of technical personnel in Public Health Engineering Department (PHE) for implementing ‘Nal-Jal Yojana’ in rural areas would be removed soon. Chauhan said this schemes would be re-launched soon.

Congress MLAs namely Ajay Singh and Mukesh Nayak and BJP MLA Harvansh Rathore had raised the issue during Question Hour. Chief Minister said the state is suffering from drought this year. Ground water level is falling fast and the state government is fully serious on this issue. Chauhan said he would review with the officers and Ministers of Animal Husbandry and Panchayat Department if there is any problem in ‘Nal-Jal Yojana’ which has been stopped. He said if there is any shortage of technical staff, then it would be addressed by providing staff from PHE department.

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