At the corps of land scandals: The nation's biggest landlord the army is being exploited by unscrupulous officers to make money on the sly
By Gautam Datt UPDATED: 00:22 GMT, 7 February 2012
The defenders of our country and its borders are fighting a secret enemy – which has threatened their dignity and integrity – greed. And at the centre of greed is the humongous amount of land that has been given to the Indian Army by the government for the purpose of establishing its cantonments, offices, residential property, etc.
In fact, the ministry of defence is the biggest landholder in the government with a holding of 17.31 lakh acres of land across the country.
However, in the recent years this land – thousands of acres of which has been notified as 'excess' by a CAG audit – has been utilised by some senior officers as an opportunity for corruption. And they didn't have to try hard for finding a partner and the ways to use this 'encroached' or excess land. Various land sharks always on the lookout for an opportunity to grab the defence land eagerly join hands with these unscrupulous officers to make a quick buck.
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