Amendments to land acquisition Act planned

Amendments to land acquisition Act planned

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani said the Act will be amended to suit to the present situation. "A provision will be made for the investors to directly purchase lands from farmers. The government's role will be minimal," he stated.

Official sources said the government wanted to allow the investors to directly negotiate the price with farmers by making a provision in the Karnataka Land Revenue Act.

Besides, the  deputy commissioner concerned will be empowered to purchase land from farmers if they voluntarily offer to sell it. For this, the government will fix land prices in all districts.

Sources said directions had been issued to the officials to prepare a draft bill for the proposed amendments. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa gave his permission to Nirani to go ahead with the amendments during the High Level Clearance Meeting held at his home office Krishna, sources added. Presently, the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board has been acquiring farmers’ land on behalf of investors.

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