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JAIPUR: The urban development and housing (UDH) department will examine the status of land allotments done at concessional rates in the past.
On Monday, UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal had sought the records such land allotments within 15 days. In the past, the state government had allotted land at concessional rates to educational institutes, hospitals, trusts, newspapers and social and religious organisations.
Directions have been issued to the development authorities, urban improvement trusts (UIT) and Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) to prepare a list mentioning the size of the land and date on which these plots were allotted. As allotment at concessional rates to public and charitable institutions is considered as “primary attempt” to woo particular section of voters or certain influential sections, the Congress government will also carry out a scrutiny of such land deals.
To ensure that land allotted at concessional rates was not being misused for other purpose, a survey will be conducted to verify its usage.
An UDH official said, “The departments receive several complaints that many institutes are using the land for commercial purposes. Also, they have rented out the place, which is against the norms. Action will be taken against such institutes after examining the details.”
Officials claimed many private hospitals, which are beneficiaries of concessional land, have failed to abide by the terms and conditions of providing free medication to 25% patients from below poverty line (BPL) category.
“As per a mandatory provision, private hospitals which have been allotted land at concessional rates have to provide free medication to 25% BPL patients. Moreover, it is compulsory to fix an hour and provide free medical checkups to poor patients at the outdoor patients department (OPD). Similarly, 10% beds should be reserved for the poor. However, majority of hospitals have failed to fulfil the terms and conditions. The issue was also raised in the state assembly when the Congress was in opposition,” an official source said.
The state government in 2015 made and attempt to tighten the rules to allot land at concessional rates a transparent policy was devised. Status of the land will be checked that whether it used as per the policy.