Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has empowered district collectors to engage the services of good lawyers to argue cases on behalf of the government to reclaim encroached government lands stuck in legal disputes.
Mr Rao said government lands worth thousands of crores of rupees have been stuck in legal disputes for decades due to which the state government was unable to put them for public use.
The CM reviewed the status of government lands stuck in legal disputes and the measures to be taken for the early disposal of these cases with senior CMO and revenue department officials at his camp office in Begumpet.
At present, there is no provision to take independent decisions at district-level to fight legal cases against land grabbers. They need to refer the issue to higher-ups in the Secretariat to engage the services of lawyers. This process is taking considerable time and giving land grabbers enough time to manipulate the land records.
“District collectors should be empowered to engage lawyers locally to fight cases in courts against land grabbers. Officials in districts and government lawyers should coordinate better and prepare an action plan for early disposal of court cases,” Mr Rao said.
The Chief Minister blamed governments in undivided AP for large-scale encroachments of government land in Hyderabad and other districts. “After we came to power, sincere efforts are being made to reclaim encroached lands due to which the government could free ENT land in Koti and Botanical Gardens land from encroachers.
Officials should continue this spirit and fight land grabbers to reclaim encroached government lands and for speedy disposal of land disputes stuck in courts for decades,” Mr Rao said.
He directed district collectors to prepare the list of government lands stuck in legal disputes and put sincere efforts for speedy disposal of cases....