Opposition cites CAG report on land allotments

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition today created ruckus in the assembly over the alleged allotment of purchased lands to several private companies as pointed out in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). The Opposition accused that the government had provided precious lands to the companies at abysmally cheap rates violating Land Acquisition and demanded that the government should publish a whitepaper on the land dealings in the next session of the assembly.

The members from the Opposition bench alleged that the Kalahandi collector had unfortunately banned selling and purchase of lands in 18 villages for the expansion of the Vedanta Alumina. The members demanded that the Revenue Minister should explain in the house under whose direction the Kalahandi collector had issued such an arbitrary order and demand action against the collector.

The Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patro in his reply stated that the government has already taken steps to release 12,138 acres of land under illegal occupation. The minister also stated that the Crime Branch has been asked to investigate certain land related cases.