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200 Mayem evacuee land claims cleared

200 Mayem evacuee land claims cleared

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09 Oct 2019 No comment 16 hits

PANAJI: The North Goa collectorate has cleared 200 out of over 1,200-odd applications it had received from people living in evacuee properties in Mayem village of Bicholim taluka.
Additional collector Vikas Gaunekar said ground verification is being carried out through mamlatdars in the balance cases.
In some cases, Gaunekar said delays are due to objections raised by family members of the applicants. “Family disputes are the main reason for delays in awarding sanads,” said Gaunekar.
There has been much pressure on the government to resolve the long-drawn issue at the earliest. Former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane had suggested in the monsoon session of the legislative assembly that the government should introduce a legislation to sort out the issue permanently.
Since over 2,000 acres land belonging to evacuees are lying idle, Rane had also suggested that land titles be handed over to occupants wherever possible, and the government should acquire the remaining land without further delay. The same could be allotted to people for housing purposes, Rane said.
Despite several assurances by the past as well current governments, affected people feel that the problem has not been addressed as expeditiously as possible.
“We have a BJP MLA representing Mayem constituency, and BJP government in the state since 2012. Yet, it has taken this long to address the issue,” said a Mayem villager whose application is pending for redressal.
He said the government should have set up a dedicated cell to dispose of applications of Mayem evacuee property as mamlatdars, in addition to verifying documents that have been submitted, are also saddled with other duties.
“In fact, a cut-off date should have been fixed for clearing the applications,” he said, adding that the speed at which the work is progressing, it will take another three to four years to get balance applications cleared.
He said they had several agitations in the last one decade to get the issue in focus. The government got into action only after several such protests were held.
“It looks like we will have to stage another protest for speedy disposal of cases. I hope chief minister Pramod Sawant, who is well versed with the issue, intervenes in the matter,” he added.
The provisional sanads granted to the applicants under provisions of the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorship, Titles and Grants of Lands) Act, 2014, have been challenged in the tribunals.

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