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The central government has approved the change in land allotment category for political parties. The Center has changed the category of land allotted to political parties for their offices in Delhi from ‘institutional’ to ‘government-to-government’ transfer. This will reduce the outstanding amount significantly. Sources reported this.
14 political parties will benefit.
He said that the government had approved the proposal of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry in this regard earlier this month. Land rates under ‘Government-to-Government’ category are cheaper than ‘Administrative’ rates. He said the change is likely to benefit 14 political parties, which were allotted land between 2000 and 2017. However, no official statement has come out from the Ministry in this regard.
According to sources, the offices of 14 political parties, including the BJP, Congress and Janata Dal (United), owe about Rs 150 crore to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. Sources said that after the change in the allocation category, it is known that the BJP will owe the ministry around Rs 17 crore, while the Congress may get a refund of Rs 27 lakh from the government. However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard.
These parties were allotted land by the Land and Development Office (L&DO) between 2000 and 2017. According to the rules, the area of land considered for allotment varies depending on the strength of the party in Parliament.