The Times Of India, 24 Aug 2014, Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has, in principle, decided to fix the cap on acquisition of land by private parties at 5,000 acres to avoid attracting the provisions of the new Land Acquisition Act 2013.
At a high-level meeting held on the assembly premises on Saturday, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu gave the nod to officials to formulate the rules by fixing 5,000 acres as the upper cap for acquisition of land by private parties. Once the rules are finalised, any private firm or individual, who wants to acquire land, can do so up to 5,000 acres even if there is displacement of people and loss of livelihood.
Though the government had considered the proposal to fix a higher cap of 10,000 acres, the chief minister curtailed the limit to avoid large-scale displacement of people. Officials said that with the new rules, the government may ask private parties to first acquire land and then enter into an agreement under the PPP mode with them.
Meanwhile, the state government has also decided to fix the compensation in rural areas at 1.25 times the market value of the land. It will be 1.5 times the market value in scheduled areas.
Apart from this, the state government has also decided to fix the percentage of total cultivated land to be acquired at 10. Officials felt that fixing district-wise percentage is not ideal for Andhra Pradesh as it has most of the land under cultivation. “Ten per cent will be applied across the state but not on district-basis,” said a senior official.
The CM has asked officials to frame the new rules and prepare a draft notification for discussion in the next cabinet meeting. The new Act specifies that the notification should be publicised to gather people’s reactions.