The Times Of India, May 6 2014, Bangalore: The government will soon publicize the draft rules for implementing the Union government’s flagship law – Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act.
The revenue and parliamentary affairs department is looking into the issue. Officials said the government will not make new additions or deletions to the act; it is only finding out solutions to implement the legislation in the state’s context.
The act provides an opportunity to states to decide on some aspects. In case of leasing of land to developers, the terms of lease have to be laid down by the government, based on the type of land, market rates and location. The act makes it mandatory to obtain prior consent of landowners – 70% for PPP projects and 80% for private ones. Here too, the state has a role to play. It can raise the figure to 100%. To safeguard food security and prevent arbitrary acquisition, the bill directs states to impose limits on the area under agricultural cultivation that can be acquired. “We are debating and working out ways to address all these issues,” said a senior official at the revenue secretariat.
After publishing the draft rules, the government will provide a month’s time for submission of objections and suggestions. Once the process is complete, the rules will be notified and the act implemented.
The act stipulates payment of compensation that is up to four times the market value in rural areas and two times in urban areas. It also says that no one shall be dispossessed until all payments are made and alternative sites for resettlement prepared.