Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, an amount of Rs 2.50 lakh is given in three instalments to a beneficiary to build a house.This amount is sanctioned only after the Lekhpal gives a report that there is no dispute on that land. Surveyors have also been kept for all the investigations in this regard. Their ‘no-objection’ report is also mandatory for the approval.
Later, if it is proved that the said land was disputed, then action can taken against both the surveyor and the Lekhpal.
If this house was “illegal”, then the question is if any action has been taken against the Lekhpal and the Surveyor or not.
It may be a coincidence, or may be not, that the Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property and Recovery of Damages Bill 2021 was passed in Madhya Pradesh in December last year without a discussion. Through it, tribunals could recover up to twice the cost of alleged damage.
Even this bill prescribes a due procedure for action. Several aggrieved in this case said they had to face demolition without any prior notice. “Six months ago, the Municipal Corporation measured the area but no notices were issued. But a day after the incident, when the city was under the strict curfew, over eight shops which were part of the mosque were razed,” said Hidayatullah Mansuri, chief of Masjid committee who had a shop there.
Among 12 shops which were demolished one belonged to Narendra Sureshchand Gupta who had been running the kirana store there for the last two decades. “I was on rent there. Without any notice or prior verbal information, our shops were demolished. I somehow managed to empty the shop but many of my fellow shopkeepers were unlucky,” said Gupta.
“Is there any law left in this country or the government is willing to bulldoze everything for their gain?” Gupta lamented.
Interestingly, the district administration which has been demolishing the shops and houses terming it “illegal” says that the drive has nothing to do with the communal clashes. But a Tweet from Khargone Jansampark office claims that those houses belonged to the rioters.
Accusing police and district administration for one sided action, Altaf Azad, a social worker from Khargone said, “All the shops, eateries and homes which have been demolished in the last two days belong to the minority community. Out of 121 arrests only six were belong to majority community. Over 35 FIRs have been registered but only seven from the Muslim community.”
Disturbed with the news of demolition of homes, ShaharQazi of Bhopal, Mushtaq Ali Nadvi, met with home minister Mishra and submitted a memorandum.
Urging not to make the people homeless, the memorandum demanded relaxation in curfew owing to the ongoing Ramzan.