Monday, February 21, 2011

the latest exposure of Adarsh scam

The milestone of corruption that Maharashtra government has established has tarnished the name of Maharashtra throughout the country. In the last few days Maharashtra government has broken all records of corruption.
With the latest exposure of Adarsh scam, it was found that in the Chief Minister's office, his PA, PS, and close associates were been given flats. Relatives too have been given flats. Mother-in-law of ousted Chief Minister Ashokrao Chavan, Bhagwati Manoharlal Sharma, has been enjoying 850 sq ft of carpet area in 6, Kingston at Powai since year 2001. Ironically, Mrs. Sharma had given an undertaking to the collector of Mumbai at the time of procuring apartment in Adarsh that she or her family has no place in Mumbai. Even though Mrs. Sharma surrendered the Adarsh membership after the exposure but she has retained the Kingston apartment. Although, it clearly speaks about the forgery, no investigation has been made in this regard. For the first time, the racket of de-reservation was opposed in public by present Chief Minister Prthviraj Chavan. He stated very boldly that the land de-reservation racket has created a parallel economy and has pumped in funds for political funding and organised crime syndicates. He went to the extent of stating that his predecessors ignored this racketeering.
The motto of the Urban Land Ceiling Act in the State was preventing the concentration of urban land in the hands of a few persons and speculation and profiteering therein and with a view to bringing about an equitable distribution of land in urban agglomerations to sub serve the common good.
However the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission made it mandatory for the State Government to repeal the Act for bringing to reality the mega-infrastructural projects such as Mumbai Metro, Trans-Harbour and likes. The large portions of land acquired by the Maharashtra Government under this act are still lying vacant with documentary objective being the "good of common man".
Here comes the list of beneficiaries from the Chief Minister's quota since 1989 in the process of allotment under sections 20 and 21 of the ULC Act. Section 20 allows extra ordinary powers to the State Government to exempt surplus land from being acquired, in the interest of the location of the land, and in consideration of the purpose for which the surplus land is proposed to be used whereby acquisition would cause undue hardship to the landowner.
AV possesses detailed information about the government officials who have been allotted flats under the ULC Act from the year 1989. Some of the names in the list includes two children of BJP leader Prakash Jawdekar; one son of Opposition leader Eknath Khadse, wives of Siddharam Mhatre and Dharmarao Baba Atram, son of Minister of State for Urban Development, brother of Narayan and his niece.

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