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`Policy changes to curb defence land encroachment`

Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 15:17

Mumbai: The government is contemplating
policy changes to ensure defence lands in the country are not
encroached upon, Defence Minister AK Antony said on Friday.

"We are making policy changes so that in future such
incidents (encroachments) do not occur," the minister told
reporters after commissioning Italian built fleet-tanker INS
Deepak into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard here.

"As far as issuing NOCs on the land belonging to Defence
is concerned, we are looking into the complaints we have
received," the minister said.

"Henceforth we will ensure that only higher level
officers go through all these procedures and such NOCs will
not be issued," Antony said, adding defence land records would
be systematically computerised.

The minister`s statement comes in the backdrop of the
Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai, in which names of some
retired Army officials and a few politicians have cropped up.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 15:17

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