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Cabinet seal on Digha land plan

The cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to the much-awaited “Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Scheme 2014”, fixing the rate at which disputed lands could be settled.

The decision has been taken in the light of Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Act, 2010 and Digha Land Acquisition Settlement Rules, 2014, giving rights to the unauthorised occupants of 680 acres belonging to Bihar State Housing Board.

“Land would be settled in favour of unauthorised occupants (of Rajiv Nagar and Digha) after realising the settlement charge at the minimum value register (MVR) rate,” the cabinet principal secretary, Brajesh Mehrotra, told reporters.

MVR is the government rate for land registration.

There are around 10,000 houses at Rajiv Nagar and Digha with approximate MVR of Rs 27 lakh. They are inhabited by IAS, IPS and judicial officers, politicians and other heavyweights.

According to the settlement charge, occupants having less than 2 cottahs of land will have to pay 25 per cent of the MVR within 90 days of the demand note generated by the Bihar State Housing Board. If the unauthorised occupants have more than 2 cottahs of land, they would have to pay 50 per cent of MVR within 90 days, Mehrotra said.

Similarly, if the land/plot is located on main or principal road, then the occupant will have to deposit settlement charge of 75 per cent of the MVR, he said, adding that occupants would have to pay 100 per cent of MVR for commercial plots. The cabinet also constituted an authority to facilitate the settlement of plots.

The cabinet sanctioned Rs 299.9 crore under the Chief Minister Social Security Scheme. It also gave its nod for opening a degree college in Dhamdaha in Purnea.

Altogether 19 decisions were taken in the meeting.