Bhubaneswar: On the instructions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, 5T and Nabin Odisha Chairman VK Pandian today conducted a comprehensive review of the settlement of the long-standing land issues in various parts of the state and directed for its immediate resolution.
It is worth noting that Pandian had previously received complaints from the people to resolve the land issues of the displaced people during visits to the districts and had also given orders to resolve the issues in various meetings in this regard.
Earlier, order was issued to resolve the long-standing over 50-year-old issue of displaced persons of Hirakud Dam in Jharsuguda district.
In today’s meeting, it was revealed that land-related issues of 19 villages – 18 of Lakhanpur tehsil and one village of Jharsuguda tehsil – have been resolved.
In the first phase, the Chief Minister will distribute pattas (record of rights) to the displaced people of 7 villages. These villages are – Lemeitikra, Patrapalli, Chadarma, Duanmunda, Lachipalli, Sahasbagh and Binka. About 900 families will get pattas in these 7 villages.
Similarly, very old land issues have been resolved in 22 villages of Sorada, and the Chief Minister will distribute pattas for both ‘gharbari’ and farmland on December 14.
The Jatni Khasmahal land issue has also been resolved. Pattas will be distributed for the first phase in January.
In the Puri district, the Khasmahal land issue has been resolved as per the guidelines issued by the Revenue Department.
It is worth noting that Puri Municipality has given about 504 acres of land on a lease basis to various institutions and individuals over several years. In this high-level meeting, the leases executed according to appropriate lease terms and municipal rules will be regularised.
For this, the government will fix a suitable fee and collect it from the leaseholder. Necessary changes will be made in OGLS rules for all this purpose.
Similarly, it was decided to solve the old land tenure issues through a hi-tech survey in Kurla, Thuntiktarbaga, Jogipalli, Sapne, etc villages under the Rengali tehsil of Sambalpur district. To speed up the survey, the legal deadline has been shortened. According to the decision, more revenue field officials have been engaged for this work and the District Collector has been instructed to complete the survey by March 2024.
Chief Advisor to Chief Minister’s Office Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena, Development Commissioner Anu Garg, Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and Disaster Management Department Satyabrat Sahu, Law Secretary Manas Ranjan Barik, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Northern Region) Suresh Chandra Dalai and District Collectors and other senior officials of Puri, Khordha and Bhadrak districts were present in this meeting.