Minister-MLA bare fangs on land scam issue
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 23: State Assembly today witnessed heated argument among the Ruling and Opposition members over alleged failure of the Government to deal effectively in fake land patta scam.

Replying to a question raised by Wangkhei A/C MLA Erabot Yumkham during the question hour.

Revenue Minister E Biramani informed the House that fake land pattas of 52 persons in Lamphel area of Imphal West district have been cancelled while another in Mantripukhri of Imphal East.

However, Erabot maintained that the Minister was trying to mislead the House as far as cancellation of the Mantripukhri patta land is concerned and pointed out that a Court case is still pending in this connection.

But the Minister relentlessly stuck to his assertion that the patta land had been cancelled and the MLA to his point.

Erabot also charged the Government of not taking up any action with regard to the alleged encroachment of land lying beside an LP School at Ahonggei inspite of having furnished detailed information.

However, when the Minister asked to elaborate on the matter, Erabot declined to do so and said that there is no point in presenting the full details of the matter again.

The MLA also drew the attention of the House to another land controversy at Langmeidong area where three pattadars have come up to claim a piece which the Government had certified as Khas land and given to the local meira paibi.

Erabot lambasted the Revenue Department of not acting on its own and awaiting only for others to point out its shortcomings.

To this, the Revenue Minister asserted that he himself had investigated and found out the 52 fake land pattas at Lamphel area while the Imphal East DC had detected the Mantripukhri case.

Joining the debate, Keishamthong A/C MLA L Ibomcha demanded what actions were initiated against those officials involved in issuing fake patta land as Well as against those fake land patta holders.

The Minister replied that Lamphel police have taken up the case under IPC Section 467/ 469/420/453.One SO and another Mandal who have taken anticipatory bail are still at large, the Minister said.

CM lists bailed UGs: The total number of underground activists released on bail has touched the 1916 mark, including 1660'valley based members, since January 1999 till July 20, said the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh at the floor of the assembly in today's session.

Replying to a question raised by Moirang assembly constituency MLA S Gopal, the CM said during the mentioned period 15 NSA detenues were released on parole from jails but four failed to report to relevant Court or police station.

To another question on the same matter by Keisamthong kendra MLA L Ibomcha, Ibobi iterated that detenues released on bail should compulsorily report periodically to the court or police station failing which necessary police action to ascertain their whereabouts and process to re-arrest them are being initiated.

Asserting that surety and bail amount deposited during release process is liable to be recovered from concerned individual, the CM said that process are afoot to recover a total of Rs 1.50 crore from the defaulters hastening to add that not a single paisa has been recovered so far.

Replying to Mayang Imphal kendra MLA M Nilachandra, the CM also holding charge of Home said central Government has provided financial assistance of Rs 18,68,24,771 for police modernization during the 1990-99 to 2002-03 period.

Out of the released amount Rs 8,04,79,783 has been utilized for the purpose while Rs 6,63,48,988 are still laying intact at the State account, remarked the CM.

He also clarified that the remaining amount is not an account for a single year but incurred in subsequent years since 1990-99 till the present.