`Policy changes to curb defence land encroachment`
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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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