Gandhinagar: Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Arjun Modhwadiya on Tuesday alleged in the Legislative Assembly that "irregularities" were being committed in the Centrally-sponsored land survey scheme in the state and sought a probe.
"The land survey scheme which is underway in seven districts of the state, namely Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Jamnagar, Kutch, Patan, Rajkot and Bhavnagar is marred by irregularities," he said in the House while commenting on the budgetary demands for Gujarat`s Revenue department.
Modhwadiya also demanded setting up of a commission headed by a former High Court judge to probe the `irregularities` in the land surveys.
The Centre has provided Rs 900 crore grant for the land survey scheme in Gujarat, which comes as a golden opportunity for the state, he said.
The state government has awarded the land survey contract to Hyderabad-based IIC Technology for Rs 22 crore to conduct seven lakh surveys in the state and has given Rs 22 crore to another company from the Andhra Pradesh capital, Mahindra Wipro, for quality checking, Modhwadiya claimed.
"But, ironically the survey, like in the case of Jamnagar, was being conducted by the surveyors without consent of farmers and the rules to earmark each and every type of land like forest, canal, lake, bundh or farmers` fields were not being recorded," he added.
The land survey is being done in Gujarat after a hiatus of 50 years and is a golden opportunity for the state to digitise its land records with the use of state-of-the-art
technology, but the effort is going in vain, Modhwadiya said.
The state unit Congress chief also alleged that the surveys were being done without any maps, and regulations like having a central control point and the secondary, tertiary and auxiliary points were not being followed.
In the past during the British rule in 1895 and after independence 1957, such a survey was conducted, he informed.