free land to HP MLAs

Himachal’s MLAs and ex-MLAs now get 36 bighas prime land in Shimla in addition to cheap loans, allowances

Very recently, the government had told the Disabled Student Association of Himachal that it does not have funds for their scholarships despite official provision. But giving away land to MLAs is not at all a problem.

Shimla: The Congress government in the debt-ridden state of Himachal Pradesh has again taken the poor and landless people for granted and announced giving away 36 bighas prime land in Jubbarhatti to MLAs and former-MLAs before the next assembly polls at very cheap rates.

It appears like the Congress government is insecure and lack the conviction to repeat itself in the next elections.

It is really ironical that the most basic public infrastructure and facilities always remained in tatters irrespective of ruling governments. People don’t have good hospitals, old-age homes, child homes, facilities for disabled, quality education at schools, roads, rain-shelters, sufficient toilets, dustbins even at the most crowded places.

Very recently, the government had told the Disabled Students Association of Himachal that it does not have funds for their scholarships despite official provision. But giving away land to MLAs is not at all a problem.

According to the Socio-Economic and Caste census of 2011, about 22 percent has no land in rural areas of Himachal. Instead of distributing public land to poor and needy people of the state, the lawmakers are grabbing precious land again and again.

Irrespective of these grieve issues, the politicians not only maintain the fleet of their luxury vehicles bought from public tax money, bungalows, and free facilities but also keep increasing their salaries and allowances. They receive instant advance or subsidy on loans.

It was not sufficient and the politicians felt deprived and unsatisfied, so they formed a sort of union which they called the society of Members of Legislative Assembly. This society comprises of MLAs and former MLAs from both Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party. The said land was kept aside by the government for this society. 

Clearly, politicians are making mutual efforts to do everything they can to make their future secure even if they don’t come into power.

So far, only MLA Neeraj Bharati had criticised his own government for ignoring people of the state who actually need land to build small houses.

Considering it an opportunity to create a positive image, a couple of BJP leaders are also criticising this step.

The former Mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, also lashed the government for this decision.

He said the government in the recent cabinet meeting took a decision to give additional prime land at Jubbadhatti, the place where new expansion of Shimla City is taking place.

Keeping in view the commercial prospects of this area, State government want to appease MLAs and Former MLAs of both Congress Party and BJP who are members of the society. 

The state government has already given 12 Bighas 16 Biswas of prime land to this society in Heera Nagar and Panthaghati. MLAs have constructed houses here and most of these houses are rented and getting hefty amount as rent.

Almost all the sitting and former MLAs have their own houses and these are built by availing cheap loans facilitated by the government, said Chauhan.

It’s evident that about 85 percent land is still owned by the government. Moreover, 87 percent of the total population in Himachal lives in rural area and most of them are small and marginal farmers having land less than a hectare. This much land is not sufficient even to meet their both the ends, he added.

Both Congress and BJP Governments had been promising that houseless in rural areas will get 3 biswas and in urban areas will get 2 biswas of land but both the parties are not interested to keep their promises made to poor. More than 5000 houseless families have applied to get land in this scheme but the government is not doing anything to help these people, said Chauhan.

It’s very strange that both Congress and BJP have a mutual understanding when it came to grabbing land in the name of society formed by Legislatures. The party presidents and MLAs of both parties Congress and BJP are members of this society.

Now Congress government in the state has taken a decision to give additional land to this society and BJP members are also beneficiaries.

He mocked at BJP saying that keeping elections in view the party leaders are making a hue and cry against this decision but they are also part of this beneficiary society also.

If they are really sincere they should return land already taken as society members to the government to come clean,

said Chauhan.

The government should perform its duty and give land to poor houseless and landless people of the state, he said.

The CPIM has threatened to launch protests against the government if the decision is not reversed to give away land to MLAs and Former MLAs society.

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