Telangana government goes easy on fake Pattadars

Revenue officials have been instructed “orally†not to book cases.

Hyderabad: Though the ongoing survey has detected fake pattadar passbooks issued in the name of non-existent lands and by duplication, the government has no plans to initiate immediate action against the dubious landowners who secured crop loans using the bogus pattadar passbooks. However, the state government is concerned whether the loan amount is repaid with the interest.

Revenue officials have been instructed “orally” not to book cases. However, the officials have been asked to verify with the banks whether the loans are being repaid.

“All old passbooks cease to exist from this month and e-pattadar passbooks will be issued based on the findings of the latest survey. If the land owners repay the loan with the interest promptly, the government has no intention to book cases against them,” said a senior official in the revenue department. The survey will be completed in a week.

“The department is busy in compiling the survey findings. The data is being uploaded in the digital and manual formats,” the official said. If the loan is not repaid for years, the government will book criminal cases. Many farmers have taken loans from Telangana Grameena Bank and other agriculture cooperative societies in the state. “These government undertakings will suffer if the loan amount is not recovered,” the official added.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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