The union government’s decision to regularise 1728 unauthorised  colonies in the national capital benefitting 50 lakh Delhiites ,is highly disturbing. The mercies have been bestowed on ghetto-dwellers,the depressed  and chronically  poor people who have been living in slums for decades. Another shocker. The regularized slums are devoid of bulk municipal services like pucca roads,houses, potable water, sewer lines etc. Political gimmicks before the impending  elections in NCT,Delhi. Unfair for the ruling dispensation to take crdedit by simply issuing ownership certificates? No substantive works. Our’s is ,perhaps, the only country in the world that  brought in a new legislation,as a tribute to bad planning.

Conferring land rights to property owners in 1,728 unauthorised colonies at a nominal charge. Nothing unusual. The move comes in the wake of a series of populist  measures, freebies announced by Kejriwal  sarkar.

DDA is to start conferring ownership rights after 90 days at throwaway rates of 0. 5% of local circle rate for properties  measuring less than 100 sq mtrs and @ 2.5 % of areas measuring larger than 250 sq mtrs.

No Government decision is perfect. These always have loopholes, black holes for exploitation by sly, manipulative forces. The unquestioned authority of the elected Executive on the pliable appointed Executive(bureaucracy) and the latter’s propensity to oblige the corrupt politicians for getting undeserved promotion and  juicy postings on quid pro quo basis. A favour for a favour.


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A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.

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