Land Acquisition Policy Approved in Haryana

IAS Prelims 2023

The Haryana government approved a policy on purchase of land voluntarily offered to the government by farmers for development projects.

The policy aims at preventing distress sale of land by farmers and involving land owners in decision making while locating sites for development projects in the State.

An online portal would be created where any land owner may at any time make an offer to sell his land.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for providing guarantee for a loan of Rs. 876 crore to be taken by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation from HUDCO to acquire 365 acres for the Mass Rapid Transport System project between Gurugram and Manesar.

The project is of great strategic importance and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has committed in-principle to provide Rs. 16,000 crore for the project.

The Cabinet took a farmer-friendly decision to cut short delays and repeated litigation in Khasra Girdawari, Mutations, Partition and demarcation revenue cases by amending sections 13, 16, 20, 111, 113 and 118, besides inserting section 115A in the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1887.

The Cabinet also approved amendments to certain sections of the Punjab Security of Land Tenures Act, 1953, to ensure lease of agriculture land to private sector on long-term basis in such a way that farmers/land owners are not alienated from their ownership rights.

It will also encourage the food processing sector.

These amendments will also promote agricultural efficiency by removing the fear of land owners and the land would be put to optimum use by increasing land under cultivation.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal to amend the Haryana Value Added Tax Rules to provide for a new tax range for Rohtak and redistribute the districts in the ranges, which have now increased to five.