Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ex-minister’s edu society faces Rs 5 crore fine


PUNE: The district collectorate has slapped a hefty fine of Rs 5.3 crore on Ex-rural development minister Jayant Patil's Kasegaon education society for seeking extension to construct a school on seven hectares of government land at Mauje Kunenama at Maval in Pune district.

The land was granted to the society way back in July 2006. The society had been seeking extensions after every two years. After the extension period expired last year in December, the society again sought a fresh extension in May 2017 to the district collectorate.

However, a new government resolution issued in January this year stated that any extension will need a fresh permission of the collector and can be provided along with a fine in accordance with the Ready Reckoner rates. On the basis of the GR, the collectorate has issued a notice to the society, stating that it has to pay the penalty if it seeks further extension.

The notice was issued by resident deputy collector Rajendra Muthe and revenue officer Pralhad Hiramani to the Kasegaon educational society president. It stated that the plot had received extensions over a period of time and now has to take a fresh permission from the collector and also pay the penalty for any further extension.

"The penalty was levied in accordance with the new rules issued in January. If the society does not pay the amount, the land can be withdrawn from it as has been done in cases of many other educational institutes across the district," Muthe said.

When contacted, Patil said that there have been several issues related to the construction of the school on the land. "There were encroachments, while several permissions were needed for the work. The reasons for the delay are genuine and it will be taken up with the collector," he said. Patil's father, late Rajarambapu Patil had started the Kasegaon institute.

Kasegaon Institute principal R D Sawant said that since there were encroachments, they could not start the construction and it was only recently that the settlement commissioner and land records department measured the land. "We will talk to the collectorate officers and take up the case legally," said Sawant, who is also the secretary in the institute.


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