With complaints flooding from the public, farmers, political parties and even ruling party MLAs expressing fears of Dharani shadow on poll prospects, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has now decided to address the concerns. All district collectors have been asked to be ready to have a meeting with the CM either on Friday or Saturday on revenue issues, especially on resolving Dharani problems.
Grievances have been piling up over the past two years with thousands of land owners and farmers being forced to make the rounds of tahsildar offices, especially to get their patta lands removed from prohibitory list as they cannot sell it.
“Many patta lands were included in prohibitory list under 22A even if one gunta of bhoodan, ceiling, endowment or government land is in that survey number. The survey number is completely auto-locked to prevent any transaction. Also, many survey numbers are missing on Dharani portal after digitisation and lakhs of pattadars have still not received passbooks. Issuance of Occupancy Rights Certificates (ORCs) were stopped and there is no provision on Dharani portal,” Gummi Rajkumar Reddy of Dharani Bhoosamasyala Vedika (Forum for Dharani land issues) told TOI on Tuesday.
The organisation alleged that over the past one year they had submitted half-a-dozen letters to the CM and Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA), but the government did not bother to resolve the issues.
With criticism mounting over inclusion of private patta lands as prohibited properties in 22A, it was only a week ago that CCLA and chief secretary Somesh Kumar issued instructions to all district collectors to dispose of the grievances on a priority basis.
The revenue authorities have been been guidelines to follow while resolving 22A land cases. For instance, if there was a court stay prohibiting the recorded pattadar from alienating land, then the relevant sub-division should be retained in the same category. Similarly, officials have to check the assignment register as per Record of Rights (ROR) and if there was any conclusive proof, then those sub-divisions should be retained. Care should also be taken while clearing assigned, endowment, ceiling and Waqf lands, officials have been told.