Court flays issuing of pattas to encroachers

Strongly criticising the issuing of pattas to encroachers of government poramboke lands, the Madras High court has said that G.O.s recognising such encroachers encouraged even land grabbers to occupy government lands and put up huts. The series of G.O.s offering pattas to encroachers contributed considerably for evolution of slum areas and colonies. “There is no second opinion that the State should take every effort to provide shelter to the poor people. Government has taken a policy decision earlier to distribute available lands to the poor and downtrodden. Instead of implementing that policy, another policy decision conferring ownership on encroachers was taken, resulting in large-scale encroachment of public property. The Slum Clearance Board virtually became a Slum Creation Board on account of this changed policy and resultant creation of slums.”

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