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Church Gate Medical Charitable Society Scam

Church Gate Medical Charitable Society Scam, naya haryana, नया हरियाणा

8th September 2014

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The state administration of Haryana, mired in corruption, unethical activities and misdemeanours has set a precedent in the number of scams that have taken place during its reign at the state. The state was worst hit by the Hooda administration's land scams - real estate, cultivable lands, and valuable natural resources of the state have been mercilessly exploited to benefit private individuals in the name of governance.

In 2009, the Hooda government allotted over 40 kanals (1 kanal equivalent to 5445 square feet) of land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) under a lease contract that has been questioned from many quarters since the allocation. Besides this, 9 kanals were allotted to the Church Gate Medical Charitable Society. The land in question falls under sectors 58 to 63 of Gurgaon and is part of a demarcated residential area and the acquisition of the land and its allocation to the charitable trust has been in blatant violation of many regulations of the state.

The allocation of the land to RGCT was done in an attempt to please its leading trustees including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi who is also the Congress vice-president. The Congress-led Hooda government's efforts to curry favour with the party high command are very thinly disguised. It is, however, the people and the state of Haryana that has been deprived of much protection and valuable income from this land. This land, situated in the heart of Gurgaon  one of the costliest real estate hubs in the entire country  could fetch a market price of not less than INR 30 Crores. This land was allotted for a period of 33 years for a merger pittance.

In 2013, the Principal Auditor General declared that the land acquisition and allotment were illegal since the Ullahawas gram panchayat did not apply for the release of common land of village - a mandatory stipulation. The laws pertaining to the acquisition were changed after the decision to lease the land to RGCT had been taken. The lease should have been concluded by an auction and a process of bidding should have been adopted. This was not done and undue favour had been bestowed on the trust, it was concluded. A number of villagers had submitted a petition to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh challenging the land allotment. This petition brought the facts of the case out into public view. After a very high-profile investigation, the petitioners withdrew their case drawing the legal battle to an end but without a resolution to the citizens.

In 2009, when the lease of this land to RGCT was affected by a Ulhawas gram panchayat resolution, one of the key conditions was that the RGCT would build an eye hospital on the grounds - a facility that would bring great benefit to the people of Gurgaon. In 2010, the Cabinet approved of the lease. By 2013, when nothing had come up on the allotted land, the Haryana Cabinet granted the RGCT an extension of two years for the construction of the hospital. This extension itself was in violation of the lease terms and conditions. The Ulhawas panchayat further passed another resolution granting extension for setting up of the hospital and it was assumed that by 2014, this hospital would be operational. According to 2014 news reports, the hospital is still nowhere in sight and the Hooda government has further extended the time period for setting up the hospital to 2017.

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