In its report on Defence Estates Management, the government auditor (Comptroller and Auditor General) asked the Defence Ministry to take “strict disciplinary action” against officers “who turn a blind eye to the illegal use of defence land for years on end” and allow it to be misused by private builders.

The audit found that there is no centralised record of defence land… it indicates large scale discrepancies in figures of A1 land as mentioned in land calculation sheets prepared by military authorities and Defence Estate Officers (DEO)… No effort was evident to reconcile the discrepancy,” it said.

…Observing that lack of updated records has created a situation where there is a complete lack of accountability, the CAG said, “The computerisation of land record by DEO showed little progress… The state of affairs is fraught with risks of encroachment and land grab.

Indian Express, March 26, 2011

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