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Officer shifted hours after possession of prime land

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18

A concerted effort by the Local Government Department to take possession of 55 acres of prime land in Nayagoan, adjoining Chandigarh, appears to have not gone down well with political bigwigs.

Hours after Jagjit Singh Sahi, Executive Officer, Nayagaon Nagar Council, moved an application before the SAS Nagar District Collector to take possession of the land that was under the “occupation” of private persons, the officer was transferred to the head office by the Additional Chief Secretary (Local Bodies), Sanjay Kumar, on directions of the Local Government Minister, Brahm Mohindra.

Interestingly, the land was required for developmental projects, including sewerage treatment plant, power grid, water disposal units and playgrounds. For the last one year, the civic body had been trying to take possession of the land. The Executive Officer refused to comment on the issue.

Mohindra categorically denied any motive behind the transfer. “The halqa in-charge and senior party leader Jagmohan Singh Kang had written several times to me to transfer Jagjit Singh Sahi.”

“I will ensure that possession of the land for developmental projects is taken,” the minister said.

Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari is learnt to have spoken to the minister against transferring the Executive Officer.

Kang said it was wrong to draw conjecture on the transfer and the exercise to take possession of the land.

Chairman of the Punjab Agri Export Corporation and member of the Nayagoan Sudhar Committee, Ravinder Pal Singh, said Sahi was doing a good job and was instrumental in getting possession of the prime land for development projects.

Deciding the case in favour of the Nayagoan Nagar Council on June 16, the District Collector, while quoting the East Punjab Holding (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act, 1948, pointed out that the common land recorded as “shaamlat deh hasab rasaz zar khewat” cannot be partitioned amongst the proprietors of the village and shall continue to be used for common purpose.

from The Tribune

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