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Pratibha Patil’s house stands on A1 defence land meant only for military use; military spending its resources for her

The Presidential denial is wearing thin. We learn that Rs8 crore of public money is allegedly being used to construct President Pratibha Patil’s bungalow on a land, which cannot be used for civilian purposes. And military resources are being deployed for her
 

In response to the Moneylife expose on how the President of India, Pratibha Patil, is constructing a house on defence land in Pune Cantonment while jawans live in abysmal conditions, the President of India’s office had issued a denial that no rules have been bent. But more skeletons are tumbling out, that reveal its futility in defending what it will be unable to defend. Here is the more in this developing story

 

First, The two bungalows stand on A1 Land of the Defence Land which means it has to be strictly used for military purpose and it cannot be used for civilian use. How then can President Patil even think of residing here?

 

Second, One bungalow on survey no 26A which rests on 2.1 acre land was in good condition and not declared as - what is termed in the army parlance - as`Beyond Economic Repair’ (BER). So, why was it pulled down?
 

Third, The President of India’s office in a press statement stated yesterday that only renovation is going on. However, the second bungalow on survey no 26B which is around 2.5 acres has been completely demolished to pave way for a new one. Is this called renovation?

 

Fourth, the Supreme Commander’s gallant soldiers and officers are paying for her post-retirement bungalow. The contract to build her palatial bungalow has been given by the MES (Military Engineering Services) under the aegis of Commander Works Engineers (CWE) Khadki which in turn comes under Chief Engineer Southern Command Headquarters. Thus, this project comes directly under Lt Gen A K Singh who is the present Army Commander of the Southern Command.  Lt Gen Singh needs to explain how he allowed the norms of allowing use of A1 Defence Land meant strictly for military purposes to be flouted and where is the provision to spend for a civilian bungalow

 
Fifth, the amount of money earmarked for her bungalow is allegedly Rs8 crore as per inside information in the Defence Estate Office. Will the President of India’s office reply to this extravagance being extracted from the public treasury?

 

In the meanwhile, Commander Ravindra Pathak (retd) and Col Suresh Patil (retd) and Anup Awasthi, RTI activist are holding a candlelight protest on Saturday, April 14th. Details are awaited.
 

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

Today's Bangalore edition of the Mint has carried the Vinita Desmukh's story
of the year - President Pratibha Patel's
palatial palace in Pune - and how it came crumbling down, thanks to the moral and tremendous support given by Sucheta Dalal and Basu, well written by Vijayaraghavan, a veteran journalist. I think this is only the tip of the iceberg; only further investigation will reveal how the contractor was selected and how much money has been allocated for this purpose. Just as importantly, what does the Army plan to do with the unfinished building?
will they use it as a recreation centre or
convert it to an emergency medical
facility for the military personnel stationed in the area? Or will they simply demolish and build the promised housing facilities for the war widows and veterans of the Kargil War? I trust Vinita and her team will
continue their quest for truth. After all, we swear, by satyameva jayate?

james sandhu

5 years ago

it is not the goverment is wrong , it the shit of the people who vote for them in the first place

SWAMI NARAYANAN

5 years ago

HER TERM WAS A CRIMINAL WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY AND WHETHER A SINGLE PERSON WAS
INSPIRED BY HER. THIS BAGGAGE WAS DUMPED ON THE POOR TAXPAYERS OF THIS POOR COUNTRY BY THE MADAMMA & CO. FOR THIS THE CONGRESS PARTY SHOULD COMPENSATE THE NATION. IF SHE WANT A PALACE TO LIVE THEN THE CONGRESS PAY FOR IT.

narayana swami

5 years ago

THIS KIND OF A PRESIDENT AND HER REPS THE GOVERNERS ARE REAL WASTE AND ARE DUMPING POSTS FOR *********s. how much money is wasted for this kind of HIPPO SKIN AVATHARS ?

Eugene Lobo

5 years ago

Dear Mrs Patil,
Every human born has to die someday, & you are not an exception! When we die we will have to stand before the Almighty for his judgement. The good deeds we do in this life will make our punishment forgiven or made lighter. You are rich by any standards, otherwise ask your children to support you as it is the law in Maharashtra that the children should look after their aging parents. Why you want to cheat your integrity & conscience by usurping the defense land, a palatial bungalow built on it by Army funds and spend some more crores to look after you after your retirement? You have looted enough already in the last 5years. Go to your hometown live with your dear ones and enjoy your remaining life with your dear children&grand children.Nobody caries anything with them in their last journey except the goodwill that they have earned. This is my humble request!

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malq

In Reply to Eugene Lobo 5 years ago

Dear Eugene . . . the Good Book says . . . Deuteronomy 32:35

rgds/VM

malq

5 years ago

Maybe people of Pune need to help in organising donations for interior decoration of Pratibha Patil's landgrab vaalaa home in Kirkee, Pune. She needs only 85 lakhs, it seems . . . apparently the lady now wants 85 lakhs for interior decoration work for the palace being built in Pune . . . where does the greed and landgrab end? Free food and drink for the rest of her family for how many generations, next?



http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/hom....



""In a huge snub to the head of the state President Pratibha Patil, the Home Ministry has turned down her demand for Rs 85 lakhs to do up her new controversy ridden retirement home in Pune.



Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has reluctantly sanctioned Rs 20 lakhs which is still a record sum in the history of the republic.



Former presidents such as APJ Kalam were given Rs 6 and a half lakhs and earlier presidents such as KR Narayan and Shankar Dayal Sharma sought and got only Rs four and a half lakhs and one and a half lakhs.



This was cited by the Home Ministry to turn down Pratibha Patil's demand.""

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Eugene Lobo

In Reply to malq 5 years ago

I am residing close to Kirkee, & I refuse to donate for Mrs Patil's interior decoration. The spit balls that will land on her bungalow by the Kirkeans & Punekars in disgust will be decorative enough & will leave nothing short of a historical monument for a Daaku!

P M Ravindran

5 years ago

I have posted the following complaint at
http://helpline.rb.nic.in/GrievanceNew.a...

This is regarding the CLARIFICATION ON PRESIDENT'S POST RETIREMENT HOME at http://presidentofindia.nic.in/pr120412-...

I am disgusted at the shoddy clarification.

There are enough allegations against you in public domain and this beats them all.

I request you to get out of defence land and choose an accommodation as per the entitlement elsewhere.

P Vijayan Nair

5 years ago

Anna Hazare, Swami Ramdev, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan, Subramaniam Swamy -- the Nation needs you now. The silence og the Army, the Government and the Media is deafening!

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Eugene lobo

In Reply to P Vijayan Nair 5 years ago

It is nice to be optimistic Sir, but these people or any other leaders are never there when you need them the most!

s pani

5 years ago

We had awise men like Dr.Radhakrshnan,A scientist of a caliber of Dr.Abdul Kalam.Now we have somebody who spends Rs.205 crores of tax payers money to move her family around the world,whose son is caught with Rs.1 crore distribution scandal during state municipal elections and what not.What a fall in standard!!!!!!!!!!

Capt Kiriti Guha

5 years ago

It is disgusting!!!!!!!!

She is no better that any of the other politicians. I feel that such people are totally unfit to hold the post of the President of this Country, where majority of the people are living below the poverty line and trying very hard to give their families the basic things in life such as shelter, four square meals, medical treatment and education that every citizen of this great country deserves. In addition many hardworking farmers from her district have been committing suicides and she yet is busy blowing up Tax payers money.

The Central Government and the Congress Party, will certainly have answers to rebut the write up and will say that she did not ask for any of this and the Government and the Armed services are doing this as she is the "Head of the Armed Services" as the President. Surely she could have refused to accept such benefits. is she had any feelings for the people and was a true leader of this nation and its people.

Capt Kiriti Guha

MoneyMunch

5 years ago

Our present ceo has looted the us earlir in mysterious excursions and then the house while her contribution is nil . A question pops into their heads must you provide for the article of Ceo in India and waste the exchequer\'s funds . Can such people sleep in deluxe when nation has such huge deficit available to you , She will be sacked for breach of regulations

Bharat

5 years ago

This episode again reminded all of us the controversies when she became president. This only reconfirms that previous allegations against her right.

jiwan sharotri

5 years ago

In our civ locality(Chattian/slaughtr house area) on d outr periphery of Kasauli Mil station, army authy didnot permit access for fire tendr to approach a house on fire - "because improvmnt of that approach rd /access, can't be permitted on def/mil landmil"/ resultng in d death of a man n his 4 yrs old daughtr sleepng in d affectd house. So That is d condut of hr mil authy n rules position regardng .managmnt of def/mil lands in our country. (our case v-s-avis Prathibha Patil) !!!

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VM

In Reply to jiwan sharotri 5 years ago

Dear Jiwan Sharotri, thank you for writing in, and terribly sorry to hear about this incident.

You may wish to take this up further by RTI, in which case you may get some help from here:- http://getup4change.org/rti/

rgds/VM

kishan bohra

5 years ago

its a shame...

raji

5 years ago

Irrespective of whether this last allegation is true or not,her being President of our country is a continuous joke being played for 5 long years on all of us, Indians

Dr RH Patil, the architect behind NSE, passes away

Dr RH Patil, calm, self-effacing, determined and a true visionary who set up the National Stock Exchange battling immense skepticism and hostility passes away

Dr R H Patil, founder-managing director of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and chairman, Clearing Corporation of India (CCIL) passed away in Mumbai, today. He was 74 and has been suffering from lung cancer.

Dr Patil ought to be remembered as having revolutionised the way stocks are traded. Today we take the smooth automated trading, glitch-free settlement, compulsory dematerialisation of shares for granted. But as Dr RH Patil had said once, “Indian capital market around the early 1990s was akin to the Stone Age.” They were inefficient, one of the riskiest in the world, an exclusive club of brokers who ran the exchange largely for themselves. Indeed, listed companies and investors were largely pawns in their game.

It is Dr Patil who changed this. From an era when manipulation was the way of life and exchanges were open for only two hours a day for only 150-200 days in a year, Dr RH Patil, took the Indian stock to market to a modern era in less than two years by combining the best features of the global markets: aspects of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) which dealt mainly in large stocks; nationwide network of trading terminals like NASDAQ; computerised order-driven trading system of the Paris bourse or Vancouver (largely free from manipulation of the market makers or specialists); and settlement guarantee system of the Chicago’s futures exchanges. He still needed a communication technology that would help connect trading terminals across the country. Dr Patil chose VSAT, the system that linked Wal+Mart. With this configuration, NSE’s trading volumes grew exponentially a few years after its launch in November 1994 and it soon broke the back of century-old BSE. With NSE also came the concept of a settlement guarantee and a separate clearing corporation for the settlement of trades and real time limits of each trading members’ exposure. Dr Patil then founded a share depository (National Stock Depositry Ltd), which went live in November 1996, just two years after NSE. In all this, Dr Patil was helped by GV Ramakrishna, the toughest Sebi chief ever, who was cracked the whip and made brokers fall in line. A few years ago Dr Patil narrated the fascinating story of his life, especially the challenges in setting up NSE, for the first time, to Moneylife. He was one of our Pathbreakers. You can read a part of that captivating story here:

http://www.moneylife.in/article/i-have-tried-to-create-a-world-to-protect-others-risks-ndash-that-too-through-systems-and-design/4983.html

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Suresh Thakur Desai

5 years ago

I deeply mourn the death of Dr. R.H. Patil, founding father of NSE. Thanks to the transparency provided by him cheating of the investors under so called jobber,s spread stopped. BSE brokers' opposition to computerization melted. Any time I called him to address at CS Institute or IMC he participated without hesitation and his address always added immense value. May his soul remain in eternal peace and may god give his family courage to bear this irrecoverable loss.I have lost a dear friend.

Public Interest Exclusive
Pratibha Patil’s Pune Bungalow: Denying the undeniable

While the Moneylife report on the construction of a post-retirement bungalow for Pratibha Patil in Pune became viral in social media, the President's office came up with a denial which did not address the core issues, but was carried faithfully by the mainstream media

When the Moneylife report on the construction of a post-retirement bungalow for president Pratibha Patil in Pune President Pratibha Patil grabs 2,61,000 sq ft of land meant for soldiers and officers hit the internet running, it became viral in the social media, attracting even more damaging information on the activities of the president and her immediate family in Maharashtra. The mainstream media was slow to react, despite constantly being needled in the social media for ignoring what was public knowledge in Maharashtra. Eventually the president's office came up with a denial which did not address the core issues, but was carried faithfully by the mainstream media. Meanwhile, out there in Pune, the truth is out there to be seen. Can anybody stop the truth from coming out in this day and age of internet? With this report we have pictures of the president’s bungalow under construction.

It doesn’t get higher than the president, in India, and in what appears to be an unwritten law with the mainstream media in Delhi, you don't persist in saying or writing anything about the office and the persons therein which can even remotely be considered to be demoralising or dishonouring. This could be in exchange for the typical quid-pro-quo arrangements that exist in Delhi with such things or born out of traditions going back to a day when feudal and colonial practices were justified. But times have changed.

And nobody brought this out better than Vinita Deshmukh of Pune, a regular columnist for Moneylife, winner of the Chameli Devi Award for journalism and fearless to her own truths to a point where the typical pressures that emanate in and from Delhi, didn’t really impact what is rapidly becoming a report with no previous parallel.



In a situation where corruption in high places is becoming the major issue in India, it is expected that the president and her office take extra special care to stay clear of even the least taint or suspicion. On that count there is still no cogent explanation or response.

Based on more inputs, it remains to be seen whether these questions will be answered or not, either through the RTI route or directly, and much of how the people of this country hold the high office of the president will be decided by that. That is the point that Ms Deshmukh’s report brings out in a straightforward article based on facts which only Moneylife had the guts to carry.

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K DESAI

5 years ago

I am ashamed to read opiniop of many for the President of India who is due to retire. Especially language used is most upsetting.

Withdrawal from the allotment made under some pretext is unassuming as it is by the Highest Authority of India. She has broken records of all earlier Presidents.

Is President for our protection or procurement?

v s sukumar

5 years ago

Congratulations to all the RTI crusaders, particularly Col.Patil who had the grit to withstand the pressure from all forms who have done a great service not only to the Defense Estates but also to the country by exposing the betrayal of the Oath by the highest dignitary of the country.

MoneyMunch

5 years ago

It is quite obvious that this President,who was furnished under unscrupulous means,whood winking the standard guy,is very little great in order to individual go above others. Except for sure,with regards to happenst become a grabbinng anything and everything over others. You should be justifiable ashamed,but MERA BHARAT MAHAN.

malq

5 years ago

Apparently the lady now wants 85 lakhs for interior decoration work for the palace being built in Pune . . .

http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/hom...

""In a huge snub to the head of the state President Pratibha Patil, the Home Ministry has turned down her demand for Rs 85 lakhs to do up her new controversy ridden retirement home in Pune.

Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has reluctantly sanctioned Rs 20 lakhs which is still a record sum in the history of the republic.

Former presidents such as APJ Kalam were given Rs 6 and a half lakhs and earlier presidents such as KR Narayan and Shankar Dayal Sharma sought and got only Rs four and a half lakhs and one and a half lakhs.

This was cited by the Home Ministry to turn down Pratibha Patil's demand.""

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Pankaj

In Reply to malq 5 years ago

besharmi ki hadd kya hoti ho sakti hai ,,koi inse seekhe.. a new record set by none other then President.

George

5 years ago

Can somebody tell me the president's qualification.Reports tell of her being of great HELP to Sonia ji.
Long live Indian sycophants and corrupt politicians.

malq

5 years ago

And here are details of what the President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil, already owns (as per her own declaration).

""The President has a house in Amravati district of Maharashtra worth Rs 39.60 lakh and a 3.82 hectares farm house worth Rs 9.82 lakh. She has inherited 3.57 hectares agricultural land worth Rs 7.81 lakh from her father in Jalgaon and another land worth Rs 20 lakh in Dhule district. Patil had purchased two agricultural plots of 1.19 hectares and 1.49 hectares in Jalgaon district in 1997-98 worth Rs 3.64 lakh and Rs 2.90 lakh respectively.""

http://www.business-standard.com/india/n...

Lt Col Sreedhar GV

5 years ago

This is the price being paid by the Congress party for a rubber stamp President. It looks this President of India is shameless and has no conscience at all. If she has to grab land at all, why Military land? There are so many corrupt Congress Men in Maharastra who should have affered any land else where. Not only she is going to live there, it is her worthless inheritors who will enjoy the property after her& for ever! Is there any way of stopping this attrocity on Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen carried out by the highest authority in the country. Why not Anna Hazare's team or some other Maharastra(Pune) enthusiasts take up this issue quickly? At least obtain a stay order from a local Court on the construction work? I think it is very urgent. Many many thanks to Vinita Deshmukh of Pune.

meDilbert

5 years ago

Main stream media is controlled by Greed and Fear. Greed for govt Awards, Ads, Positions and Fear of CBI, IncomeTax and Defamation Law suite (Times Now ) They no longer have freedom of thought or courage.
Moneylife has been doing good job in keeping investors informed now it is challenging even bigger media houses.

Btw : Is tehelka still being published?

MoneyMunch

5 years ago

Ms. Pratiba Patil has now done sufficient damage by going to 23 nations together with her extended clan. Sonia (not Gandhi) selecting to just supplying second phase to Ms. Pratiba furthermore. Since Ms. Pratiba already viewed most the nations, she would like in order to consider remainder documented in palatial bungalow in Pune

madar

5 years ago

she is a disgusting person who made millions from fraud in cooerative banks and whose son was caught with 1 crore in his car and now she is grabbing land meant for army jawans. How can she be ihead of our nation and why BJP/congress allow it to happen and what is sonia gandhi doing as she is one who forced her on us.

KALYAN MAJUMDAR

5 years ago

It is very evident that the President,who was appointed under unscrupulous means,whood winking the common man,is no great person to rise above others.
Except of course,when it happenst to be grabbinng anything and everything over others.
We should be justifiable ashamed,but MERA BHARAT MAHAN.

malq

5 years ago


Here's Vinita Deshmukh on CNN IBN, where it appears as though the present President is sparring about the amount of land used by others!!

http://ibnlive.in.com/cnnibnvideos/mostv...

deepak

5 years ago

The congress will unleash its dogs and ED, IT, Econ Offence Wing, CBI, at the slightest whiff of wrongdoings by detractors like Kejriwal, Bei, Bhusans, Ramdev. But no action for even serious crimes will be taken against its own rubber stamp members

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malq

In Reply to deepak 5 years ago

Dear deepak, thank you for writing in, and have faith. Good will prevail over evil.

Please help by taking this cause far and wide, spread this article in regional languages if you can, and make sure that people get to know what is happening.

Thanks. And please wait for more revelations.

Regards/VM

ramarao chillariga

5 years ago

How come the Supreme commander kept quiet when the question of ONE RANK PAY came up and very many went to the extent of surrendering their medals?Now she has no qualms in occupying their land!!C.RAMA RAO.

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malq

In Reply to ramarao chillariga 5 years ago

Good question, Ramarao ji, and one that deserves to be asked across.

Please do ask the Office of the President's Sectt. And spread the word too. In regional languages, please, if possible.

rgds/VM

Mathai

5 years ago

The article seems to be a complete bogey. The author needs to apologise for misleading the Money Life readers. The Rashtrapati Bhavan clarification says that no land/property has been transferred ownership to the President. She is only being given a place to stay, as all presidents have been given. The place is stated to be a place earlier alloted as official residence of just a Lt. Col. This looks a very resonable situation. How can anyone object to this and blow this out of all proportion.

Roy Scaria has given information on an even more valuable allotment for ex- Pres. Abdul Kalam. Even this is not a transfer of ownership. So even this is OK. Presidents must be treated with respect atleast with an accomodation other people in service have used, for stay during their lifetime.

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Pankaj

In Reply to Mathai 5 years ago

another intersting piece for u , Ms Mathai

http://www.vigilonline.com/index.php?opt...

malq

In Reply to Mathai 5 years ago

Dear Mathai, thank you for writing in.

The statement from the President's Sectt. neglects to clarify various aspects, eg:-

# total space utilised and under what sort of procedures.
# total covered area all inclusive.
# who bears cost of fresh new building
# who all stay in the accomodation planned.

Occupancy and possession are what it is about in MH, please bear in mind, and take it from there.

Author and publication stand by what they have written. Just because somebody in the past may or may not have committed a wrong does not mean it becomes OK for the future.

rgds/VM

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