Dimapur, October 15: Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom today expressed concerns over the rampant issue of illegal land patta by Dimapur district administration which has been used to encroach upon the land of Dimapur District Hospital (DDH).
The Minister, who held a meeting with the District Administrative Officials and officials of Dimapur District Hospital today, said that such practices have been doing the round for the past many years compromising the rights of the citizens which has to be corrected with utmost sincerity in an urgent manner so as to uphold and maintain the interest of the hospital.
Phom said that illegal pattas have been obtained by many departmental staff, mostly doctors and without any detailed verification, the Revenue Officers have signed.
Stating that the land belongs to the District Hospital, the Minister expressed gratitude to the Naga Council Dimapur and others who have raised the issue.
He also assured that action would be taken against those who have issued the pattas illegally and even action would be taken against the patta holders. He said the state Government has declared to take action against those involved in issuance of the pattas for the land belonging to the District Hospital.
The Minister said that Dimapur District Hospital , being the health care hub for the Nagas and the neighbouring states, it is the responsibility of the Government and citizens to protect the integrity of the patients, however such illegal activity is hampering the progress of the Hospital.
He asked Deputy Commissioner Dimapur to examine the matter and cancel all the illegal land pattas issued to any individual against the land belonging to the District Hospital Dimapur by his office with immediate effect and impose a total ban on further issuance of land patta to any individual against the said land.
DC Dimapur, Sushil Kumar Patel, informed the Minister that in the last two years not a single patta has been issued. He disclosed that out of 9 encroachments, 5 have been cancelled and for the remaining four, the office is not getting the papers, therefore the patta holders would be summoned.
He, however, said if proper procedure has been followed in obtaining the patta, the Deputy Commissioner cannot cancel the patta, but would be forward to Commissioner Nagaland to cancel them.
He also assured the Minister that administrative officers would be sent for verification of the land in question and take necessary action.
It may be mentioned that Naga Council Dimapur had earlier this year sought information on the land encroachment by 9 people and asked what step have been taken by the administration to evict them as the land in question belongs to the government, i.e. Civil Hospital Dimapur as per record available and CTC of the Jamabandi. (Page News Service)