By : M.S.Yatnatti Editor and Video Journalist Bangalore : The government is at liberty to Amend the BDA Act as suggested by experts to clear 20,000 Re-Convey files and to validate about 5000 "G” category allotment orders made since 1997Government can easily resolve the "G” category sites issue by amending BDA Act and Rules as order in WP 23475/2010 dated 25-08-2012 gave liberty to frame appropriate rules."G” category sites allotments were made to persons in public life to several thousand persons since 1997 recommended and made by the government since 1997 and BDA allotted sites to them and "G” category allotments made to several thousand individuals have been quashed by the High Court of Karnataka in various Writ Petitions stating that there is no provision in the Act for making "G” category allotments (though it is disputed). Therefore, it was considered necessary to amend the Bangalore Development Authority Act,- (i) to take power to make "G” category site allotments by Government ; (ii) to validate "G” category allotmentsmade earlier since 1997 by orders issued by Government and BDA to honor all allotments orders of Government made from 1997 . Opportunities can also be taken to make certain consequential amendments.
When institutions other than the executive try their hand at policymaking and about discretionary powers of government, the consequences can be disastrous. The government is accountable to the people through legislature. Governments are not in the business of maximizing revenues. Instead of filling its own pocket, it is obliged, in a welfare state and particularly if government recognizes person in public life and reward them G Category sites it does its duty. You cannot have three executives running the government. This is not to say that courts should not strike down individual site allotments if they are made violating BDA Act and rules and Government Circulars as per THE KARNATAKA GENERAL CLAUSES ACT, 1899 , and Regulations/Rules made there under. Individual acts of criminal culpability must be dealt with. Criminal wrongdoing must not be condoned. This does not give reason for stating that government should not have power of allotment of G Category under discretionary quota altogether. But the manner in which G Category sites are allotted for a particular category must be decided upon by government. Not by the media trials. Not by courts. If government has no power than who has power? Actually it is ridiculous to state that government has no power to allot G category sites.