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Odisha to cancel Allotted Plots, Flats under DQ since 1995

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18: Odisha government will cancel all the allotted houses and plots made under the discretionary quota (DQ) since January 1, 1995. The decision was taken by the Cabinet meeting today chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state Secretariat here.

Talking to media after the meeting, Odisha chief secretary GC Pati said that the allotment of plots made by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) and the Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) under the scheme during the period would be cancelled.

Acting on the recommendation by the Task Force panel, the government has also decided to conduct vigilance probe into the allotment of multiple plots and flats under the scheme.

"Those who have possessed more than one plot and flat under DQ scheme through false affidavits, would come under vigilance inquiry," said Pati.

He also said that a special audit would be done on the allotment of plots and houses made by the General Administration before 1995.

The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendation of the panel headed by additional chief secretary, Revenue & disaster management, Dr. Tara Dutt.

The government had formed the task force panel on Aug 2 headed by senior IAS officer Tara Dutt comprising Secretaries of General Administration and Urban Development departments as its members to probe the matter after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) stated irregularities in allotment of government land in its reports.

The CAG alleged many influential people including ministers, bureaucrats, former and sitting judges, top cops and even journalists of acquiring more than one government plot and flat that violated the norms of discretionary quota.

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