Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, Jun 11:
The Cuttack Development Authority is contemplating issuing show-cause notice to beneficiaries, who had availed flats/plots under discretionary quota (DQ) from Odisha government agencies, asking them to explain why their allotments should not be cancelled.
As of now Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) has handed over 167 files to Vigilance and very soon 50 more files will be handed over to the investigating agency, sources said.
“We have provided 167 original files of people with multiple allotments under discretionary quota to the Vigilance team. The process for serving legal notices has been initiated and we will serve notices to all within 2-3 days,” Vice Chairman of CDA, Pratap Chandra Das said.
Similarly, Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) has also initiated the process to cancel multiple allotments. The Board has handed over 29 files to the Vigilance and it is all set to serve notices to the beneficiaries.
“The first phase handing over of necessary files to Vigilance is underway. As of now, we have handed over 29 files to the probe agency. BDA has issued cancellation notices yesterday and we will be issuing such notices soon,” OSHB Chairman, Pratap Chandra Deb said.
Meanwhile, the Vigilance department has said that they have received almost 90 percent of the files pertaining to the multiple allotments necessary for the probe. It is hoping to receive the remaining files by June 20.
While the investigating agency has begun its preliminary scrutiny, the BDA has initiated the process to cancel dodgy allotments.
Notably, BDA has served show case notices on more than 50 beneficiaries who have availed single allotment under the quota in the first phase. Besides, it has handed over 312 such files to the Vigilance in the first phase.
The DQ allottees have been given 30 days’ time to explain why their allotments will not be cancelled.
It may be mentioned here that the General Administration will follow the same procedure followed by Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) and Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) as per the modalities fixed by the state government.
On December 19, 2014, the state Cabinet had approved the recommendation of the Task Force headed by former Revenue secretary Taradutt for cancellation of allotment of over 6,000 plots, flats and houses including 1,791 under DQ since January 1, 1995.