AP Cabinet nod for regularising encroached lands

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Hyderabad, Feb 8 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet is understood to have decided on regularising government lands encroached upon by those living in urban areas by collecting an extra amount over the current basic market value.

The Cabinet had taken the decision for the benefit of those who had encroached the government land up to 2,000 square yards in urban areas, till December 31, 2003.

For Below Poverty Line (BPL) families residing in occupied land below 80 square yards, no fee wOULD be charged. The decision would not be applicable for Endowments and Wakf Board lands.

It was also decided to recruit secondary grade hostel welfare officers for 16 Muslim minority hostels sanctioned by the government recently and provide training to the people, who returned from the Gulf through the Technical Education Department.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had also directed the Municipal Administration Department to collect Property Tax from handloom workers having two powerlooms in urban areas on domestic tariff basis and not at commerical rates as was the case now.

Besides this, the Cabinet had decided to make Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) as Ex-offico members in local bodies and also decided to replace some ordinances issued earlier.

The passport office in Visakhapatnam will get 1,413 square yards of land at Rs 13,000 per square yard.

The Chief Minister also directed the Ministers concerned to prepare an action plan for Phase III of Indiramma Programme set to commence this March.

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