Land acquisition body in R'than soon

JAIPUR, Aug 10, 2014, DHNS

Rajasthan government will soon constitute a Land Acquisition Corporation to acquire the land for various developmental projects in the state.

Highly placed sources in state government said that state government has already drafted the bill in this regard which will be soon cleared first in state cabinet and later in the Assembly.

“In case of land acquisition, we need to have a separate nodal agency which can deal with it. There are several ambitious projects like Ring Road and National Highway No 8 which have suffered badly due to problems in land acquisition. So, in a bid to streamline the land acquisition issues, government is thinking of constituting a separate Land Acquisition Corporation,” said a senior official of the state government. 

Officials in the state government also said that the Land Acquisition Corporation will be entrusted with all the powers equivalent to civil court to hear land-related cases.

The presiding officer of the corporation will be the person who has a minimum of 20 years of administrative experience in any of the revenue courts of Rajasthan. The basic objective behind it is to appoint the person who has all the knowledge of revenue related matters and laws related to land.

Land prices

Sources also told that the price of land in case of acquisition will be decided by the respective district collectors. The land prices will be decided under Rajasthan Stamp Act and will be the same as mentioned in the sale deed of the land.

In case of any dispute in fixation of prices during land acquisition, state government will review the sale deed of more than 50 percent of sold land surrounding the disputed land. The price of acquired land will be fixed on basis of maximum price of the land sold in nearby areas.

The farmers and locals are demanding the implementation of new land acquisition act passed earlier by Union Government.

Local BJP leaders refused to comment on anything after saying that the NDA government has already expressed its willingness to review certain provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, which was projected as one of the landmark laws implemented by the UPA.

“It’s a sensitive matter which is already under consideration of state and union government. Let them take the decision first. It’s not the right time to comment on this issue,” said a senior BJP leader.

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