Buying farm land in Chhattisgarh to be tougher

In a move aimed at prohibiting “outsiders” from purchasing agriculture land,Chhattisgarh is contemplating a law to ensure that sale and purchase of such land...

Written by Express News Service | Raipur | Published:February 19, 2009 12:11 am

In a move aimed at prohibiting “outsiders” from purchasing agriculture land,Chhattisgarh is contemplating a law to ensure that sale and purchase of such land could be made only between the farmers within the state.

The State Land Use Board,which met under the chairmanship of CM Raman Singh,decided to bring the legislation,also aimed at preventing diversion of agricultural land for non-agriculture purposes,during the next session of the state Assembly. The draft legislation would be prepared after studying the existing laws prevailing in other states.

In their manifesto for the November 2008 Assembly polls,both the BJP and the Congress had said that they would take steps to “protect” farmers’ land,implying that people from outside the state would not be allowed to purchase farmland in the state. This apparently comes in the wake of farmers,particularly from Punjab and Haryana,purchasing land from locals and taking up large-scale cultivation in some districts,leading to incidents of conflicts between them and the locals.

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