Harish Rawat orders probe into land allotments to social

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Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat has ordered an administrative inquiry into allotments of land to social organisations in the state from its creation in 2000 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016.

A one-member committee is being constituted to look into land allotments made to social organisations in Uttarakhand since its creation in 2000 to 2012 and during my tenure from 2014 to 2016, Rawat told reporters here last night.

Chief Secretary Shatrughna Singh will soon decide who will head the probe panel, he said.

The panel will submit its report within two months of its formation.

Successive governments in Uttarakhand alloted land to 52 social organisations in Garhwal region and to five in Kumaon region between 2000 and 2012.

The probe committee is being set up following allegations of irregularities in these allotments.

“As it is not fair to jump to conclusions without an inquiry, a panel is being constituted to look into these land allocations,” Rawat said.

When asked why land allotments made between 2012 to 2014 were being left out of the ambit of the probe, he said those were being studied.

Details of some small land allotments made during the period are being ascertained and studied before being subjected to probe, he said.

Vijay Bahuguna was heading the Congress government in Uttarakhand from March, 2012 to January, 2014. He later rebelled against the party and joined BJP.

(With PTI inputs)

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