The cabinet sub-committee chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday decided to evolve a new category of seasonal farming along with existing farming on irrigated and non-irrigated lands. The decision comes in the wake of extending project partnership and benefits to farmers in the ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Corridor project.
The Rs 46,000 crore project, along 706 km with 24 townships will require 10,000 hectares of land. Of the total land only eight per cent falls in fertile agriculture category.
The government has adopted land pooling pattern where farmers whose land is acquired would be given in return a fully developed land in the vicinity along with provisions for sustained livelihood.
An official who attended the meeting said, “At present, there are just two categories of farmers who held irrigated land and those who had non-irrigated land. Broadly, it considered farming in kharif and rabi category. There was no provision for farmers who cultivated seasonal crops of short tenure of two to four months.” The creation of new category is to make benefits more inclusive and ensure nobody is left out of development, he added.
Another aspect relates to shift from treating farmers and non-farmers under one category of project affected persons. Instead, by emphasising on land pooling model and defining categories the government wants to convey that farmers will be partners and in lieu of their land, acquire a fully developed plot including land for agriculture in the adjoining area. The land pooling model ensures both land and livelihood for farmers.
The committee decided to extend health benefits of Maharashtra Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana to farmers affected by the project. The farmers’ children will be provided concessions and facilities in higher and professional education. Among other sops includes buyback guarantee from government to enable loan for development of non-agriculture land. All those who volunteer to give land under the land pooling model will become project partner entitled to multiple benefits.In another meeting, the government decided to take up road improvement projects in Maharashtra with hybrid annuity model.
The committee decided to improve 10,000 km of state road stretch across districts. The roads that connect important towns, industrial sectors, places of tourism and revenue headquarters will be selected from all the 36 districts.
The chief minister has directed the Public Works Department to make a list of all roads and draw finance plans through various departments by November end.