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Land grabbers are at rise in Andaman


TMI Bureau

Port Blair, Mar 01: The Andaman & Nicobar Islands' soil seems to no longer remain for Settlers, Pre-42 and sons of the soil. Intruders, land grabbers and refugees continue encroachments up to the peak and the original locals remain landless. The zero-tolerant Revenue Authority patted its own back by changing the value of "Zero", which was invented by Aryabhatta in the 5th Century.

The people in A&N Islands were relaxed by reading press releases since many years publishing in the trustful "The Daily Telegrams" said, "The A&N Administration does not, shall not and will not tolerate encroachments in A&N Islands. Indulgence in such illegal practice shall be dealt with strictly and the general public have been urged to desist from committing such acts. Showing zero tolerance towards such activities, the District Administration carried out an eviction drive against encroachments on Govt. land at .....". But, one could see now the encroachments are everywhere in the A&N Islands from Diglipur to Campbell Bay. After the OFC connection and the social media revelation on encroachments, people in Andaman now are in a great dilemma about, before how many Zeros the One should be placed to count the encroachments?

"The many original locals in Andaman & Nicobar Islands in general out of fear and shy, they do not dare to encroach any piece of land here and use to work hard and save money to buy a piece of land in future in legal way by staying at rented houses for several years", a prominent elderly citizen said on condition of anonymity.

"But, the Intruders, land grabbers and refugees from various states especially from West Bengal are used to coming to Andaman only to earn without shyness or fear and by taking the advantage of softness and innocent being islanders here, they feel safe in the society. The Politicians, Councillors and Pradhans also out of greed of votes used to extend all possible support to make Resident Certificates, address changed Aadhaar Cards, Local Certificates, Voter Card, Islander Cards, Smart Islander Cards, Wedding Card, Ration Cards, and all required cards & certificates. The authorities too, selflessly provide and issue to intruders and refugees whatever cards & certificates they want for a few or hefty under-table bucks", he added.

"All this way, within a few years the intruders and refugees all of a sudden become a complete islander with their updated / fabricated cards and certificates, and encroach lands, get water and electric connections and finally become a so-called owner of some land. And one fine day, their family members came to Andaman to join here or they flew by selling the land to some locals. If this continues, the Settlers, Pre-42 and sons of the soil would get the least chance to own any land here and have to remain landless", the elderly citizen added.

In the wake of Govt. of India's projects announcements and ongoing development in A&N Islands the land mafia became active these days and price of a piece of land also kicked up higher than usual. The timely action by concerned authorities may avert the obstacles of true development in these Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


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