The Karnataka government has suffered nearly a loss of Rs 250 crore due to discrepancies in granting and leasing of government revenue land pertaining to 2012-13 to 2016-17 audit period, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report.
"By way of random sampling done in 30 taluks from 11 districts, we have found out that the government has suffered revenue loss of nearly Rs 250 crore in granting and leasing revenue lands relating to to 2012-13 to 2016-17 audit period," Accountant General (Economic and Revenue Sector Audit Karnataka) Bijit Kumar Mukherjee told reporters here.
The report on "Grant, lease, eviction of encroachment and regularisation of unauthorized occupation of government lands' was tabled in the Assembly during the session at Belagavi Monday.
As much as Rs 176 crore revenue loss was suffered by way of ineligible concession in land price granted in 51 cases, besidees another Rs 35.40 crore due to non-adoption of principles of central valuation committee, he said.
The government suffered another Rs 19.61 crore and Rs 17.83 crore revenue loss due to concession granted in five cases without application by beneficiaries and due to concession granted in 30 cases in adopting lesser market value, guidance and value, Mukherjee said.
He further said there was no strategic planning in identification and disposal of government land.
"We have recommended compiling an electronic database of all grants and leases made in favor of several institutions and individuals," he said.
Mukherjee said databases relating to the lands available for disposal and also the lands already disposed as grants or leases were not maintained in Karnataka.
He said applications for grant and lease were not systematically compiled and there was no mechanism in the department for evaluation of the extent of land required for the grantees and lessees.
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