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MLA on dharna over ‘bogus’ auction of reserved land

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Barnala, June 9

Alleging violation of norms during the auction of reserved village common land in Pakhon Kalan on April 30, Bhadaur AAP MLA Pirmal Singh Dhaula, along with five panchayat members, have been sitting on an indefinite protest in front of the Barnala Deputy Commissioner (DC) office since Monday.

The Panchayat Department had conducted the auction of the panchayat land on April 30. However, as per allegations, department officers allegedly allowed some upper caste landlords to participate in the auction of reserved land meant for Dalits under fake names.

"Since general category candidates took the reserved land under fake Dalit names, it is a violation of norms. Only Dalits, who want to cultivate land, have the right to take that reserved land. I gave an application to the authorities on May 6 for the cancellation of the bogus auction, but to date, officers have not taken any action," alleged Bhadaur AAP MLA Pirmal Singh Dhaula while sitting on an indefinite protest.

Five panchayat members -- Jaswant Singh, Amarjit Singh, Satnam Singh, Nikka singh and Sarbjit Kaur -- have also been sitting on protest, out of the total 11 members of the panchayat.

They alleged that to help the upper caste landlords, officers have been assuring them a detailed inquiry.

"As within a day or two, paddy transplantation will start, officers want to help upper caste members by ordering an inquiry. Why did not they order an inquiry last month when I had requested them? We will not lift our protest till the cancellation of the auction," said MLA Dhaula.

Barnala SDM Anmol Singh Dhaliwal, said, "We are ready for an inquiry, but the MLA and panchayat members are demanding immediate cancellation of auction. We are looking into the matter thoroughly," said Dhaliwal. — TNS



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