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Land Acquisition: Government offers farmers maximum compensation

In rural areas, farmers to get four times the price of their land to be acquired.

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai |
May 29, 2015 1:18:07 am
land acquisition, mumbai land acquisition, indian farmers, Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency , RFCTLARR Act 2013, farmers, mumbai news, city news, local news, maharashtra news, Indian Express The Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier this month decided to offer enhanced compensation for land acquisition.

The Maharashtra government has gone ahead with its move of pushing for land acquisition by offering the maximum compensation allowed, four times the price of land, for rural areas. The revenue department has issued a notification in this regard.

This is the maximum allowed by the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, according to a senior officials. This comes at a time when a debate rages on the land acquisition ordinance, brought by the Narendra Modi government, over fears that it was anti-farmer. The amendments to the Bill are under scrutiny of a joint committee of Parliament.

The Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier this month decided to offer enhanced compensation for land acquisition.

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“We have permitted a compensation four times the land value in all rural areas, without any gradation. It was the chief minister’s initiative to allow maximum compensation for farmers under the Land Acquisition Act. This will benefit irrigation, infrastructure projects, national highway works and so on. The previous government had fixed compensation in rural areas up to 2.2,” a senior official from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said.

Farmers’ advocacy groups including the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, an ally of the National Democratic Alliance, had been protesting against changes to the Land Act. The opposition has also been targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for ignoring the rural populace.

Rival parties had also criticised the government on the proposed dilution of the consent clause. Maharashtra is facing a deep agrarian crisis worsened by bouts of drought, hailstorm and unseasonal rain.

Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, “This government is definitely trying to buy peace. There has to be a slight difference in rate of compensation in 100 per cent irrigated states such as Punjab and Haryana and a state like ours that is 18 percent irrigated.”

The Land Acquisition Act allows state governments to fix compensation for rural and semi-urban areas between two and four times the land value.

The state government has decided to fix a compensation 3.2 times the land value for semi-urban areas. The compensation in urban areas is fixed at two times the land value.

The state government had earlier this month also paved the way for direct purchase of land, offering higher compensation for land owners, including farmers. The argument was that the Act did not bar such private purchase.

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First published on: 29-05-2015 at 01:18:07 am

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