Chandigarh: The Government auditor body CAG has slammed the Hooda Government for releasing the land to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in Gurgaon for setting up an eye hospital in violation of policy.

The report was tabled on the concluding day of Haryana budget. CAG has found that the state government released the land for allowing Trust to set up an eye hospital in contravention of the land release policy of the state.
"GP (Gram Panchayat) who was the owner of the land had not approached the government for the release of the land at any stage (but) the government changed the relevant rules on November 8, 2010. The department granted CLU for establishing eye hospital by the Trust in violation of development plan as the area had been earmarked demarcated as residential area," said CAG in its report.
Notably, Opposition parties including INLD and BJP had accused the Haryana government of giving the land to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in violation of the rules and policies. While scrutinizing the records of Haryana’s Urban Estates Department, the government auditor discovered that a notification under section 4 of Land Acquisition Act to acquire 166.44 acres of land in village Ullahwas in Gurgaon district was issued on June 2, 2009, for developing a residential sectors 58-63 and commercial sectors 65 to 67.
The area coming under the proposed land also included Shamlat Deh (Common land) of Gram Panchayat (GP). However, after issuing the section 4 notification, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust requested the GP in July 2009 for leasing land 5.3 acres of land for opening an eye hospital for 33 years. Following it, GP passed a resolution for leasing the land to the Trust and sent the case to government for its approval.
Haryana government approved the GP’s proposal on December 14, 2009 and land was leased at a rate of Rs 3 lakh per acre with progressive increase of 5 percent every year. The lease agreement was signed in January 2010.
Then Trust applied to Town and Country Planning Department for change of land use (CLU) for setting up an eye hospital. But CAG pointed out in the report that GP had leased the land to the Trust after an issue of notification of section 4 which was against the provisions of the Act as the owners could not create encumbrance on the land after the issue of said notification.


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