LUCKNOW: Taking a strong view on encroachment of land allotted to members of scheduled castes and tribes on pattas, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today directed officials to initiate immediate steps to ensure possession of land to the genuine people.
An official release quoting the chief minister here said the directives have been issued to all the district magistrates to ensure that illegal occupants be evicted from the agricultural and housing land allotted to members of the scheduled castes and tribes on pattas.
The chief minister has also asked the respective divisional commissioners to keep an eye on the related issues and warned that action would be taken on those found lacking in this work.
The chief minister has also asked for taking action against illegal occupants under the relevant laws.
During the current financial year, 5596 people belonging to the SC and ST have been allotted 1054.879 1054.879 hectares of agriculture land, the release said adding till May 2010, 8369 people have been allotted 88.426 hectares housing land.
In a drive launched to remove illegal occupants from agricultural land, 74 FIRs have been filed and 88 people arrested, while four FIRs were lodged and 11 people arrested for illegal possession of housing land, the release added.