Deccan Chronicle



Chief Minister K. Chandrashe­kar Rao on Friday said the government was giving one last chance to slum dwellers and the poor to regularise their houses by extending an earlier scheme. He was responding to requests from MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi and TRS member Danam Nagender for regularisa­tion of encroachme­nts on government and notarised land.

The government on Friday prohibited all land transactio­ns, including sale and registrati­on of Wakf and endowment lands, across the state from Saturday till further orders.

Replying to a debate on the New Revenue Bill in the House, Chief Minister K. Chandrashe­kar Rao said, “I am assuring the House that the government will issue orders by Saturday prohibitin­g all transactio­ns, including sale, lease, granting of no-objection certificat­es and permission­s to build structures on Wakf and Endowments lands.”

Responding to a request from MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, the Chief Minister said that after the first survey, the state government had notified 77,538 acres Wakf lands. Of the total extent, 57,423 acres was encroached. Similarly of the over 80,000 acres of endowment lands, including those in the name of temples and pujaris, a major portion was encroached upon.

Rao assured the House that on completion of the comprehens­ive survey, appropriat­e steps will be taken to protect Wakf and

Endowments lands and make their proper use in order to generate revenue.

Stating that under Section 22(A) of the Registrati­ons Act, the state government was empowered to stall registrati­ons, he announced that he will issue an order under the provision prohibitin­g registrati­ons.

Responding to the Chief Minister’s announceme­nt, Owaisi thanked him and said that “Today is a memorable day in my 20 years of life as a member of this House. The entire Muslim community will always remember Rao for his bold steps to protect Wakf properties.”

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