In a petition, the Congress Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said the office of the settlement officer in Kolasib has received about 165 applications for conversion of their lands along NH-306 (proposed extension) into periodic patta.
Quoting media reports, Congress said the lands of the applicants fall within the area likely to be damaged by the extension of NH-306, which is being executed by the National Highway Infrastructure Development Co. Limited (NHIDCL).
Survey for the extension of the National Highway is being carried out by NHIDCL, it said.
The Congress alleged that the main motive of the applicants in seeking periodic patta was nothing but financial profit.
As per the existing law, no periodic patta can be issued for agricultural land and no village council in a notified town can issue pass to agriculture land, the party said.
Sensing illegality and irregularity in the process, the joint village council of Bilkhawthlir village in Kolasib district filed a complaint with police on January 16 to investigate the matter, it said.
The joint village councils in their complaint alleged that at least 16 applicants had fabricated the village council seal and forged the signature of the village council president to obtain patta for their lands.
“Such corrupt practices have to be put to an end immediately and appropriate action needs to be taken against the culprits,” the petition said.
The Congress urged the Governor to safeguard the rights of the genuine patta holders and cancel all the unlawful pattas.
It also asked the Governor to intervene and instruct the state government to take necessary actions for cancellations of new applications for periodic patta for lands falling within the proposed extension of NH-306.