In yet another setback, The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday gave a jolt to Jagan-led government. This time it is the land acquisition program taken up the state government for the distribution of house sites for the poor.
Raising concerns over the lands acquired by the government, High Court has issued key directions stating that the mining lands cannot be allotted for the respective purpose. Hearing a petition filed alleging the state government allotting mining lands at number of places across the state, the High Court reiterated that only Central government has the power over the mining lands.
The High Court directed the AP government to file a counter case on the matter and has issued interim orders. On the other hand, the State government is likely to postpone the distribution of house site pattas to nearly 30 lakh beneficiaries, scheduled for August 15.
It will be the fourth time if the distribution of house sites is postponed once again. Initially, it was pandemic, then the writ petitions filed in the Apex Court and then it was legal hurdles.
While the government finally scheduled the event on August 15th, it was learnt that government is yet to complete the land acquisition process in several parts of the state, forcing the officials to postpone the program yet again.