Devendra Fadnavis writes to Uddhav Thackeray, says 'govt policies for helping real estate sector resulting in gains to few developers'
Devendra Fadnavis writes to Uddhav Thackeray, says 'govt policies for helping real estate sector resulting in gains to few developers'
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Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and alleged that the "government policies for helping real estate sector to mitigate COVID-19 effect are aimed at and are resulting into windfall gains to a few real estate developers".

He said that earlier a committee chaired by Deepak Parekh (co-founder of HDFC Ltd.) was formed to seek suggestions to revive the ailing real estate sector. However, he added that the recommendations suggested by the committee "are being implemented selectively without considering the real effect of the same".

"It seems that certain vested interests have colluded for the purpose of extending benefits to a few handful parties at the expense of State exchequer. I must state here that the actions of the State Government must be free from the vice of arbitrariness and must conform to Article 14 of the Constitution of India," Fadnavis wrote in the letter.

The former Chief Minister further said that steps like rationalisation of stamp duty rates, ready reckoner rates and Premiums were necessary. "However, under the garb of reduction for rationalisation, windfall gains cannot be allowed to a handful few," he said.

Fadnavis also pointed out a "systematic method" devised to give windfall benefit to a few real estate developers by "fragmented and prejudiced reduction of ready reckoner of some of their self-owned and interest plots to the extent of 70% of the existing ready reckoners' rates". Calculating the total gains, the BJP leader said that a few developers would make a windfall gain of more than Rs 2000 crores.

Fadnavis said that he has many such cases in hand which he can submit to "appropriate authority". "I am sure that you (Uddhav) will take corrective action and won't allow the state resources to be exploited and squandered for private gains especially when day in and day out the government expresses its worry about its financial position," Fadnavis said in the letter.

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