UP governor seeks White Paper on encroachment

Lucknow, June 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Wednesday shot off a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asking him to bring out a White Paper on illegal occupation and encroachment in the state.

Naik, who has been at loggerheads with the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the state since he came to the Raj Bhawan, has also sought details on how many public grounds, parks, common places, ponds have been encroached upon and what is the market value of such land.

The publication of a White Paper, the governor has said in the letter, should also include detailed reports from development authorities, local bodies and district magistrate on illegally occupied government land.

Naik has also asked the government to ensure that the state machinery should ensure that all such lands which have been illegally encroached upon should be taken back to ensure that Jawaharbagh like incidents are not repeated.

As many as 29 people, including two police officials, were killed in Mathura earlier this month during an anti-encroachment drive.



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