Govt mulls law to bargain and acquire land for developmental projects 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is planning to bring a law to acquire land for developmental projects by negotiating with the landowners. The move aims to bring a new law, in addition to the central government’s existing Land Acquisition Act, 2013 that assures compensation for landowners.

According to the central law, compensation should be three times the market price in case of land acquisition for development projects. However, the provision is not applicable to local bodies.

Meanwhile, landowners express desire to sell their low market value land at fair price as their lands do not fetch attractive compensation.

In the wake of such incidents, the state government has been considering the option to include bargaining as a provision in the 2013 Act. In such cases, the price of the land will be decided after negotiating with the owners. The demands for the same were raised in the talks ahead of the budget too.

Meanwhile, there are demands not to sabotage the rehabilitation act, which offers fair compensation for landowners.

Action without affecting Centre’s law

The central law granting compensation for land acquisition is useful for the people. Earlier, the people were reluctant to give away their lands as the government purchased it at fair price without granting any compensation.

Considering this, the new provision will be added without compromising the basic law.

The changes adopted on the basis of the Left Front-approved policy document will also reflect in the budget, especially in education and land use sectors.

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