Haryana scraps absolute discretion of CM, in colony licensing

[] In a move that could bring greater transparency to Haryana’s real estate sector, the state’s chief minister has scrapped a policy that allowed the CM to have a final say in the granting of licences to colonisers

To bring transparency in Haryana’s booming real estate sector, which is plagued by charges of corruption, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has scrapped a decades old policy, which allowed the state’s CMs, absolute discretion and final say in the grant of licences to colonisers.

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Stating that it was against the law, Khattar overturned the 25-year-old decision taken by former Congress chief minister Bhajan Lal, in 1991, on the plea that granting colony licences to builders had ‘wider implications.’

“Despite the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act according powers of grant of licences to the Director, Town and Country Planning (DTCP), all such files are being presented before me for clearance, in the name of internal concurrence. A perusal of old files reveals this practice was started on August 7, 1991, after a decision taken in a meeting chaired by the then state CM. Wider implications of licences, were the sole reason cited to start this tradition. Subsequent Haryana CMs continued with the policy. Evidently, this tradition is against the law and I am ordering it to be scrapped with immediate effect,” Khattar said, in an order issued under his signature.

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Normally all decisions of the chief minister are issued under the signatures of the principal secretary of the chief minister.

This move comes at a time when granting licences to builders in the state, has been under active scrutiny, including the permissions given to a firm owned by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra in Gurgaon. Incidentally, the Justice SN Dhingra Commission of Inquiry, set up to probe commercial licences granted to colonisers including Vadra in Gurgaon, had also adversely commented on the system of CMs granting licences to colonisers. So far, 1,571 licences have been issued by the Haryana government, over half of them in Gurgaon.

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