Amartya Sen on Vishva Bharati list of ‘illegal plot holders
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NEW DELHI: Visva-Bharati has written to the West Bengal authorities alleging that dozens of its plots have been recorded wrongly in favour of personal events with the listing of unauthorised occupants ready by the varsity together with Nobel laureate and eminent economist Prof Amartya Sen.
The women’ hostel, tutorial division, workplace, even the VC’s official bungalow discover point out within the listing of plots recorded incorrectly. The college alleges that as a result of improper recording of possession within the authorities’s record-of-right (RoR), the college’s land has been illegally transferred and personal events have arrange eating places, colleges and different companies on land procured by Rabindranath Tagore himself.
In Prof Sen’s case, the varsity has mentioned there’s an unauthorised occupation of 13 decimals of land, along with 125 decimals legally leased to his late father by Visva-Bharati. In an e mail reply to TOI, Sen mentioned: “I see out of your report that Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty of Visva-Bharati is busy arranging the ‘eviction of unauthorised occupation of leased land in the campus’ and that I’ve additionally been named within the listing of occupants.
The Visva-Bharati land on which our home is located is on a long-term lease, which is nowhere close to its expiry, however the vice-chancellor can at all times dream about evicting anybody he desires.”

According to Visva-Bharati’s property workplace such misguided data have been ready within the 1980s and 1990s. Most of those plots are situated in Purvapalli space of Santiniketan, identified to be the residential hub of asramites (households related to the asrama college and Visva-Bharati throughout their inception) and eminent individuals.
Documents with Visva-Bharati’s workplaces and likewise despatched to the ministry of training (MoE) and the CAG revealed the proportions to which the encroachment of the college land reached within the late 1990s. Prof Sen in 2006 wrote to the then vice chancellor for switch of the 99-year-old lease-hold land to his identify and this was executed after a choice was taken by the Executive Council however the extra land was not returned to the college. TOI has each paperwork.
A confidential inside report, issued to numerous workplaces by the property workplace of Visva-Bharati in July 2020, states that the college has taken up the matter of correction of possession document of 77 plots of land.
“Unauthorised occupants from leased plots of Purvapalli/ Dakshinpalli/ Sripalli areas to be evicted. These are very high profile people,” the experiences states. VC Bidyut Chakrabarty refused to touch upon the matter saying, “I will not like to talk to the media on matters related to Visva-Bharati administration.”
However, a senior official on the property workplace mentioned : “Rabindranath Tagore and later his son Rathindranath got eminent people like ICS officers, educationists and royal family members to reside in Santiniketan with the assurance they would be given land to build houses on the basis of 99 years’ lease. In return, some of them contributed money to Visva-Bharati’s development funds. However, many of the original lessees transferred their plots illegally after the passing away of Tagore and his son. Most of the present day heirs are non-resident Santiniketanis, occupying huge tracts of prime land on the campus and often indulging in businesses. They don’t treat the land as part of university campus.”
Prof Sen mentioned in his e mail: “Having been born and introduced up in Santiniketan, I might touch upon the massive hole between Santiniketan tradition and that of the VC, empowered as he’s by the central authorities in Delhi, with its rising management over Bengal. I would favor to make use of Indian legal guidelines as they exist. For psychological energy, I’ll clutch the attractive previous image of our dwelling by Abanindranath Tagore, amongst others. The vice-chancellor can be spared the need of inventing utterly imagined conversations with me, starting impossibly with my introducing myself as Bharat-Ratna – one thing that nobody has ever heard me do. The VC, in fact, is an ingenious artist as properly.”
An property official, nevertheless, mentioned that “Sen is well aware that he is occupying a good quantum of university’s land unauthorisedly” and added that the household benefited by promoting plots within the neighborhood of the campus (in Deer Park and Sripalli areas) that had no entry besides by the campus”.
A “tentative list of unauthorised occupants,” issued on December 16 alleges that many leaseholders or their households have bought their leasehold lands to outsiders. This might open a can of worms as there are names of industrialists, asramites, educationists, NRIs, intellectuals and native politicians.
The college is constructed over 1,132 acres of land of which 77 acres are underneath encroachment and thru authorized battles and eviction drives the college has managed to free 22 acres in current occasions.
According to property workplace data, within the final decade it has eliminated unauthorised occupation by an eminent singer and Padmasri awardee; an internationally reputed artist who had been an EC member of Visva-Bharati; a former principal and government council member of VB; an eminent Bengali industrialist; members of the well-known Sen household of Santiniketan and lots of others.

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