The Haryana government today announced a new ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ to make the land owner-farmers partners in the process of planned development of residential and industrial infrastructure.
The scheme provides an option to the landowner-farmers to get ‘developed land’ in return for their acquired land,Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said.
With the decision taken today,the state government has scaled up its land acquisition policy to a new dimension with the land owner-farmers being given an option to become partners in the whole process,he said.
He added that it is envisioned to become another milestone in financial empowerment of the farmers of Haryana.
He said the ‘Land Pooling Scheme’ paves the way for a land owner to get a 1,000 square yard residential plot and one commercial plot of 100 sq yards for each one acre of land acquired by the government for development of residential sectors by Haryana Urban Development Authority.
In the case of Industries Department,where infrastructure is developed by the HSIIDC,the land owner farmer would have the option to get developed land measuring 1200 sq. yards for each one acre of land acquired.
The scheme is purely at the option of the landowners,he said.
One of the first farmer-friendly initiatives pioneered by the present government when it assumed office in 2005 was to prescribe the minimum floor rates,which were very close to the market rates,for acquisition of land by the Government agencies,an official spokesman said.
The spokesman said this was followed by the introduction of a path-breaking ‘Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R & R) Policy¿ in 2007,which provided for payment of Annuity to the landowner-farmers for a period of 33 years and allotment plots to the land oustees,over and above the one time compensation.
The government has been maintaining that the ‘Land Acquisition and R & R Policy’ is a dynamic policy and has to be kept responsive to the changing context,the spokesman said.
It is in line with this thinking that the state cabinet approved a Land Pooling scheme today.
Under the scheme,if a land owner does not exercise his option in writing for the Land Pooling Scheme,he would be entitled to the compensation amount as per the Award announced by the Land Acquisition Collector and the benefits admissible under the R & R Policy of the government.
A landowner would be eligible to participate in the Land Pooling Scheme of HUDA only if a minimum of 1000 sq yards or more land is acquired for development of residential schemes by HUDA,and only if a minimum of half acre or more of his land is acquired in the case of development for industrial infrastructure by HSIIDC.
Wherever the acquired land is less than one acre or in excess thereof,the developed land will be given in proportion to the land acquired.
The landowner would be free to use the developed land for his own use or sell the same in the open market subject to conditions.
The land owner,opting for the Land Pooling Scheme,would be required to communicate his option in writing to the Land Acquisition Collector at any time within a period of four months of the issue of Section 4 (for land acquiring Notification.