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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 3:30 PM; last updated: Feb 15, 2018, 1:57 AM (IST)TRIBUNE IMPACT

Panchayat secretary suspended for leasing land at nominal rate

Panchayat secretary suspended for leasing land at nominal rate
Anurag Verma. File photo
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, February 13

Acting on a news report in The Tribune, Anurag Verma, Financial Commissioner, Rural Development, on Wednesday suspended the then panchayat secretary who leased the land.

The lease agreement was also cancelled with immediate effect. Verma confirmed this over phone.

The report ‘Village land leased at paltry sum, panchayat wants it back’ appeared on Wednesday.

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The case of panchayat land leased at a nominal rate to a farmer in alleged violation of rules had come to light at Dabwali Rahurianwali village in the Lambi Assembly constituency.

The 12-acre land was leased in 2014 at Rs 40,000 per annum to Navdeep Singh. The lease amount comes to just Rs 3,400 per acre per year against the average rate of Rs 40,000 per acre per year. Moreover, the land has been leased for 10 years even as rules provide for one-year lease.

The issue came to light when the village panchayat along with some ruling party leaders took up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner.

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