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Sunday, January 29, 2023

No salary to Odisha collector till villagers get compensation: HC

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Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court has ordered the state government to withhold the salaries of the Angul district collector and two others until 188 villagers are compensated for the land they lost in an irrigation project more than six decades ago. was lost

A two-judge bench of the Orissa High Court comprising Justices BR Sarangi and BP Satapathi ordered that till 188 villagers get compensation for their land, Kokurpeta was submerged after the construction of a minor irrigation project. , the salaries of district officials should be stopped.

“Since the compensation amount has not been paid to the petitioners till date, even though the land was acquired in 1961 and more than 60 years have passed since then, this Court orders that the District Collector, Land Acquisition Officer and his salary The Executive Officer of Angol Zilla Parishad will not be released until the compensation is paid to the petitioners,” the High Court said.

Affected villagers in five villages of Angul district have been trying for the past 51 years to get compensation for 62 acres of land that was submerged due to a minor irrigation project. Although the land was submerged, it continued to be recorded in the name of the villagers and they had to pay land tax all these years as the government did not issue a notification for the acquisition of the land parcel.

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