Task Force on DQ submits report to Odisha govt

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 14:

The Task Force constituted by the Odisha government to probe all allotment of land, flats and houses in the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack urban areas under the discretionary quota has submitted its report to the state government, according to reliable sources.

Sources revealed that the three-member Task Force headed by additional chief secretary (Revenue) Taradutt submitted its report to the chief minister in the first week of this month.

The report, which has not yet been made public, revealed that it has identified a total of around 1,500 such allotments made by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), General Administration (GA) department and the Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) during the period from 1995 to 2014 which it was asked to probe.

On August 2 this year, a panicky state government had formed a three-member Task Force to review the indiscriminate allotment of land and houses under the discretionary quota after a lot of hue and cry following disclosure made in the CAG report pointing out indiscriminate allotments made to senior BJD leaders under the quota.

The Terms of Reference (ToR) farmed for the Task Force announced by the government on August 12, required it to probe all allotments under the discretionary quota from 1 Jan 1995 to 31 July this year.

It was also tasked with probing all allotment of land, flats and houses in the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack urban areas under the discretionary quota, besides allotment of more than one unit of land/plot/flat to members of the same family.

The task force, led by Revenue secretary Tara Dutt with secretary Urban Development and special secretary, General Administration as the two other members, was required to review all discretionary allotments made by the BDA, CDA, GA department and OSHB and take appropriate action, the notification had said.

The Task Force was required to submit its findings and recommendations to the government within a period of four months on the basis of which action would be initiated  the order issued by the General Administration (GA) department on August 12 had said.

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