Parliament’s audit watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), may ask the defence ministry to conduct a comprehensive survey of its estates every 10 years and take action against officials for shoddy management of defence land that has resulted in outstanding rentals amounting to Rs 838 crore.
A draft report of the PAC called for “strict action” against officials who failed to prevent encroachment on defence land and were responsible for non-renewal of leases, encouraged commercial use of defence land and did not demarcate land accurately. The period for which the arrears has been pending ranges from four to 46 years.
The defence ministry is the country’s biggest landholder, possessing 1.76 million acres, managed by the Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE).
In its draft report, a copy of which has been reviewed by HT, the PAC asked the ministry to finalise a leasing policy within three months of the report being tabled in Parliament. Read More