On Wednesday, Justice Challa Kodanda Ram of the Hyderabad HC suspended a GO issued by the AP government dissolving the AP Bhoodan Yagna Board. The judge was granting the interim order in a petition by K.V. Subba Rao and two other members of the Board challenging a GO issued on January 20, 2015 dissolving the Board constituted by the erstwhile United AP government on December 14, 2012.
The AP government has dissolved the existing Board stating that huge extents of Bhoodan Lands are available in 13 districts of AP and to protect the lands. Vizag has brought into notice about irregular land allotments made by the Bhoodan Board in Paradeshipalem village of the district. The petitioner contended that it is under administrative order and the reconstitution of the Board by the United AP in 2012 should continue till the expiry of its term in 2016. After the bifurcation of the erstwhile United AP on June 2, 2014, in accordance with the Bhoodan and Gramdan Act, counsel for the government contended that the successor state has power to constitute its own Board.
Judge said during dissolving the case “In that view of the matter, I am inclined to suspend the GO.” Meanwhile, the And-hra Pradesh government has decided to implead itself in the case on scrapping of AP Bhoodan Yagna Board by Telangana.
Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishna Murthy said the revenue department had directed the Collectors of all the 13 districts to take up survey of the status and extent of Grama Kantham lands, assigned lands and bhoodan lands using Google maps to know the extent of land it has in its ‘land Bank’ and reveal irregularities in allotment of these lands to the people.