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Government Cannot Sell Lands To Fund Expenses: Congress

The Telangana Congress said that the government was merely a custodian of the lands, which needed to be preserved for the use of future generations, too.
Hyderabad | 1st June 2021
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) official spokesperson G Niranjan today said the Telangana government had no moral right to sell the government lands in the state.

Niranjan said that the government was merely a custodian of the lands, which needed to be preserved for the use of future generations, too.

"The TRS rulers should know that they have been elected with a responsibility to protect these lands and not to sell them. They have no right to sell them. Just as an assignee has the right to enjoy the assigned land and not to sell it, the state government too has the right only to enjoy the lands belonging to it and not to sell it. What will this TRS government leave for future generations if it sells government lands now itself?" he sought to know.

And given that the housing board itself was formed to construct and provide houses for the common man, how could the state government sell its lands, he asked.

Niranjan also pointed out that the government was claiming that it was unable to provide free double bedroom houses to the people as promised on the pretext that vacant lands were not available, but was now resorting to selling lands.

He also added, "It is also to be noted that recently this government expelled Etela Rajender from the cabinet because he was said to be in illegal occupation of government, temple and assigned lands, and cases were booked against him. Now the government is itself resorting to selling lands which come under the above categories."

"All of this appears to be to protect TRS loyalists or to entrust the valuable lands to the party's henchmen under the cover of auction. And it is telling that immediately after a decision in the cabinet to sell government and endowment lands, the Chief Secretary swung into action and convened a meeting of the concerned department officials to ascertain the available lands for sale," he said.

"Why did this situation arise in 'Bangaru Telangana'? Ours was known as a surplus state - where did that surplus go?" he asked.

The economic policies of the TRS, including lavish and excessive expenditure without foresight, were responsible for the present situation, Niranjan claimed. Though it was a fact that the coronavirus spread affected the state's income, it was not right for the state government to sell prime lands and deprive the future generations of them, he said, and demanded that the government immediately withdraw its proposal to sell lands to fund its expenses.
filed in:  Telangana, Telangana Congress, Land Issues, G Niranjan, Telangana Government
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