Itanagar: The Changlang district administration on Tuesday allotted land to 15 poor and landless people through a draw of lots.

The brainchild of Changlang Deputy Commissioner Dr Devansh Yadav, the land allotment initiative aims at providing unused and vacant land (Greenfield) in the district headquarters to the poor and landless people so that they can build a house of their own and lead normal lives.

Under the initiative, beneficiaries who do not possess a plot of land of their own and are in the below poverty line (BPL) category would be provided around 150-200 square metre of land free of cost (on lease). They will only have to pay the normal land taxes during their stay on the land.

Speaking to EastMojo, Dr Yadav said the process of allotting unused land to the needy is also a step towards developing the townships of the district and an effort to streamline the land allotment process.

“There isn’t a proper system of land allotment in the state and the allocations here are normally based on recommendations. This is a trend that has been misused by many. With this initiative, we are planning to streamline the land allotment system. We will also ensure that the allotted lands are developed properly and have all the basic necessities such as water, drainage, etc.” he said.

The DC said the district administration had received more than 1,000 applications as soon as the proposal was announced.

“Following a month-long scrutiny and other official procedures we conducted a draw of lots on Tuesday and 15 beneficiaries were selected,” he said.

The DC said the draw was conducted at the multipurpose community hall in Changlang in the presence of Zilla Parishad members, circle officers, officials from the urban development and land revenue departments and the beneficiaries.

The draw was also streamed live on the Changlang district administration’s Facebook page to ensure transparency, he added.

Two people from Namtok circle, three each from Khimiyang, Yatdam and Kantang circles and four from the Changlang circle have been selected provisionally for the land allotment process.

The selected beneficiaries have been asked to submit the necessary documents to Changlang circle officer Goju Sikom by October 8 for further approval.

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