Shukla row: Chavan to take, change policy

Shukla rowThe CM, however, asserted that individuals allotted land earlier had not done anything wrong. PTI

Amid controversy over land given to a trust promoted by Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Sunday said his government would scrap the 1984 policy under which land could be given cheap to private players. He also said that the land allotted to Shukla would be reclaimed.

"I have decided to do away with the land allocation policy, which allowed handing over of land to private players for educational institutions at cheap rates. Henceforth, land will be allotted on current ready reckoner rates," Chavan told The Indian Express.

The CM, however, asserted that individuals allotted land earlier had not done anything wrong. "The 1984 resolution entails the government to hand over plots to individuals at prices way below actual rates. In that sense, individuals who were awarded land have not done anything illegal."

Talking about the policy, he said it "cannot be justified and requires major corrections".

The BAG Films Education Society promoted by Shukla was allotted a 2,821-sqm plot in Andheri for Rs 98,735 in 2007-08. Another 3,534 sqm plot, reserved for a playground, was given to the society on a 15-year lease for just Rs 6,309.

"The government is certainly going to reclaim the land allocated to Shukla. He has already offered to hand over the land. The objectionable aspect relates to the trust's decision to convert the plot reserved for a playground. That cannot be justified," Chavan said.

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