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Newly formed sub-committee to send notice to Tata Steel 

Jamshedpur, March 10: State revenue and land reform department which had set up a special committee to inquire about the lease land of Tata Steel which the Steel major gave on sub-lease to 59 organisations constituted a sub-committee during the meet on Tuesday.

The three member sub-committee comprising of East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar, Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan and Jamshedpur circle officer Prabhat Bhusan will conduct spot verification of the entire 59 plot sub leased by Tata Steel and see if the plots were being used for a purpose other than what was originally documented in the lease agreement. 

“The sub-committee will have to complete the spot verification within three days and submit a report to us,” said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal

It may be noted that the first phase of inquiry done by the special committee headed by Kolhan Commissioner Kumar Arun saw several flaws in the sub lease plots. On March 4, Kolhan Commissioner Kumar Arun along with DC Dr. Amitabh Kaushal, ADC Sunil Kumar and senior officials of Tata Steel took out a physical inspection of the sub lease holders and held a meeting to take necessary steps.

During the inquiry they found out that of the 59 plots allotted 6 sub lease holders have done a registered agreement with Tata Steel, 14 had agreement but had not made their registration and the remaining 39 sub lease holders had not done the agreement also.

Special committee headed by Kolhan commissioner Kumar Arun has been formed by the state revenue and land reform department in view of the state High Court order in December last year directing state for submitting a report on anomalies in Tata Steel sub-leased land by March 31 this year.

On September 18, 2012, the state government had banned construction on subleased land via a notification, bringing to an abrupt halt many projects of malls, buildings, multi-layered parking and so on.
 
The ban came when then chief minister Arjun Munda called for a fresh assessment of lands in possession of Tata Steel. Munda’s decision was apparently in the wake of a report prepared by then development commissioner Debashish Gupta who said that the subleasing deals executed between 2005 and 2007 had earned the state a measly Rs 11.59 crore in revenue.
 

At the meet East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said, “the newly formed sub-committee will have to complete the spot verification within three days and submit a report to us”.
 
Kolhan commissioner Arun said that all the 59 sub-leased plot owners were asked to reply till today evening about their stand on lease clause violations.
 
“We have got reply of most of the 59 sub-leased plot holders. We will be holding a meeting again on March 14 at the district collectorate”, added Arun.
 
Meanwhile, the committee has also decided to send a notice to Tata Steel after hearing replies to several sub-lease plot holders today that they were allotted land by Tata Steel prior to the lease agreement in 2005.

According to the government Tata Steel had to give the land of Schedule ‘E’ on Sub lease but the steel major had recommended sub lease land from Schedule A to D.

After the inspection on March 4, Kolhan Commissioner found several flaws. The most shocking of all was the land given to Hotel Ramada in Ramdas Bhatta.

The agreement of the land was done with Premium Residency at Rs 500 but one floor of the hotel was sold at Rs 1.5 crore. This was reveled in Sale deed. The next meeting schedule for March 14 will hopefully decide the fate of 59 sub lease.
 

 

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