TNIC asks Adi-Dravidian and Tribal Welfare Director to comply with the order in 60 days
Tamil Nadu Information Commission has directed the Director of Adi-Dravida and Tribal Welfare to publish the list of beneficiaries of Free House Site Patta online. The order follows several petitions received by the commission from across the state, seeking to know the list of beneficiaries.
State Information Commissioner S. Muthuraj, passing the order on a petition seeking details of such beneficiaries in Ambattur, asked the state authorities to publish the complete list online within two months. The matter arose out of a petition filed by E. Kumar of Ayapakkam here, seeking to know the list of Adi-Dravidian and tribal beneficiaries who had received free house site lease in Pothur village of Ambattur taluk under the Right to Information Act (RTI). Had it. ,
Not receiving any desired response from the Public Information Officer (PIO)/Special Tehsildar, Adi-Dravida and Tribal Welfare, Tiruvallur District, he filed an appeal before the First Appellate Authority and then moved the Commission. The PIO, who appeared for the telephonic inquiry, informed the State Information Commissioner that the information sought by the petitioner would be provided soon.
Directing the officer to provide the information within seven days, Shri Muthuraja directed the state officials to publish the complete list of free house site lease beneficiaries in the official website of Adi-Dravida and Tribal Welfare Department, and to the PIOs. asked to attend. Posted in the next hearing on January 19, 2022.
According to sources in the Adi-Dravidian and Tribal Welfare Department, the information panel’s order assumes significance against the backdrop of allegations and several petitions that a vast land parcel allotted to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was not in their possession due to diversity. Publishing the reasons and the list of beneficiaries will bring some clarity on the actual names of the allottees and their legal heirs.
The move comes at a time when the Tamil Nadu government has launched a program to conduct district-wise enumeration of Narikurvas, Adivasis and other members of marginalized communities across the state to assess their living conditions and at the earliest. Infrastructural facilities can be provided at the earliest. sources added.