Intervention for village common land is sought in the Supreme Court
Friday, April 29, 2011
In his Petition/Application Mr. Pardeep Kumar Rapria has alleged that three months have passed from the date of the judgment and only five days remain for the government to report to the honorable Apex Court, but it seems that State Government has done nothing till now. He pleads that he filed RTI Applications in the offices of the Chief Secretaries of Haryana & Punjab, to know about the compliance of the directions of the Supreme Court, but even after the lapse of stipulated period, State Government has failed to give any response.
Mr. Rapria further pleads that. "the village common land is not only required to be saved from the clutches of the unauthorized encroachers but also from the illegal Rules of the State Government." In fact, recently the State Government has made a rule by Amendment in Village Common Lands Act, which authorises the Government to use village common land for the purpose of constructing affordable houses. Haryana Government has also legalized the illegal long possession of village common land. Mr. Rapria says, "the village common land neither can be used for constructing houses for any class of villagers nor it can be used to legalize the long duration of long possession.The State Government’s amended Rules/Laws will lead to vanishing of village common land for future generations, due to political interests/motives"
Justice Platform feels that the land mark judgement of Supreme Court should be implemented in true spirit.