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Friday, May 20, 2016

Government to buy land at market rates for projects

Land for public purposes to be procured through sale deed not acquisition; compensation to be given at market rates in urban areas, double in rural areas

PANJIM: The government on Friday introduced a Land Procurement Policy, giving itself powers to take possession of land through a sale deed, instead of through acquisition. The policy provides for procurement of land by way of a deed of conveyance and compensation at market rate.
The cabinet Friday granted its nod for the policy, drafted under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.
Addressing media persons, Chief Secretary RK Srivastava said that for the last three years, many government projects have been stranded on account of non-availability of adequate and appropriate land.
“As such, the State government desires to expedite the procurement of land for setting up of various projects for public purposes. In that regard, government has decided to enact a policy for procurement of land,” Srivastava said.
He said that as per Land Acquisition Act 2013, the government has been given powers to enact a policy or other beneficial legislation. “The Rules under the Act are in the drafting and vetting stage and are likely to take considerable time for enactment,” he said, in the presence of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza.
Mr Srivastava said that under the policy, the government, with the consent of the landowner will purchase the land required for it in lieu of which the landowner will get compensation with additional benefit. “It is proposed in the policy that the government will enter into a conveyance deed with the owner after the owner gives his written consent for selling the land,” he explained.
As per the policy, the government department requiring any land for public purpose will put in a request to the District Collector, who will then depute his team for inquiry and conduct a feasibility study. “The team headed by deputy collector will seek consent from the owner and submit the same to collector,” he said.
The market value of the land will be determined by the land rate notified by the State government. The multiplication factor by which market value of the land is to be multiplied will be double for rural areas and single for urban. Government also intends to rehabilitate those to be affected due to land procurement.

Herald Goa News

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