In Jaipur, Rajasthan Revenue Minister Ramlal Jat and revenue officers (Patwaris, Naib Tehsildars, Giridawars) accused each other of corruption during a protest outside the minister’s residence. Officers who arrived to encircle the minister’s house with a list of six demands accused him of taking thousands of rupees for transfers and postings. In response, the minister criticized them, saying that they often get caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Narendra Kaviya, the state president of the Patwar Union, highlighted the corruption in transfer processes, claiming that amounts from 50,000 to 1 lakh rupees are demanded for transfers. The Minister retorted that Patwaris and police officers are most often caught in corruption cases, and accused them of holding up more than 80% of heritage and registry-related transactions for months. He also said that their actions tarnish the government’s image.
The confrontation took place under the banner of the Rajasthan Revenue Service Council, where a large number of revenue service employees gathered to protest. They were called out by the minister, and both sides exchanged words using a microphone, making the accusations public.
The incident has brought the issue of corruption within the revenue department to the forefront, potentially causing a political stir in the state.