Allotment of goan sabha land only after advt: HC

The Allahabad High Court has directed that henceforth no allotment of gaon sabha land under the UPZA and LR Act and the rules framed thereunder shall be made unless the date of allotment is advertised in a daily newspaper having wide circulations in the area in question at least two weeks in advance. The court passed the order so that all those persons who are eligible and desirous of getting allotment of gaon sabha land may apply for the same. 

Issuing the above directions, Justice SU Khan observed that there is one general aspect of the matter regarding allotment of gaon sabha land which requires consideration. Generally, complaints are filed that proceedings of allotment are done surreptitiously and residents of the village do not get information of allotment. The procedure of `Munadi' through beating of drum as provided under Rules 1973 of UPZA and LR Act Rules has become obsolete. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to prove as to whether `Munadi' was done or not. In every village in UP, several persons read newspapers. Accordingly, it is essential that information regarding allotment should be published in newspapers. In this manner, procedure of allotment will be completely above board and transparent, remarked the judge. 

The court directed that through advertisement, applications from deserving persons with sufficient details shall be invited and the available land be allotted to the deserving applicants. The applications shall be entered in a register specifically maintained for the said purpose. The receipt of applications must be issued to the applicant and applications shall be preserved at least for seven years.

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