Andhra CM agrees to set up committee over land scam

March 30th, 2011 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Hyderabad, Mar 30 (ANI): In a move to put an end to the deadlock over the allotment of land to Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has agreed to set up a House Committee to look into the alleged irregularities in land allotments.

Replying to a debate on the issue in the Legislative Assembly last evening, Reddy said a meeting of floor leaders would be held soon to decide the terms of reference of the House Committee.

“Those close to the government were allotted lands at lesser prices. For the same industry. The previous governments allotted huge extent of lands at Re 1. For the same type of industry, less extent of land was allotted by the Congress government at a higher price,” he said and declared that 14 senior officials were working on the new policy.

“We will take the suggestions of the opposition before finalising it,” he added.

He further said that employment or money would be taken as criteria for allotting lands to industries so that a particular company would get same extent of land in future.

Stating that the land allotments and incentives are provided to SEZs aiming for better growth and employment opportunities, Reddy said a total 42,107 acres land has been allotted to SEZs in the state.

Reddy also said that of the 73 SEZs notified in the state, 30 were in operation and 43 were being set up. “The APIIC allotted 11,745 acres to 25 SEZs while private developers acquired 6,314 acres on their own. In all 42,107 acres were given to SEZs. The state expected creation of 69,000 jobs in the SEZs and exports worth Rs 13,000 crores in 2011 from the SEZs, he added.

Lauded the efforts of N Chandrababu Naidu as Chief Minister to bring investments into the state, he described Naidu as ‘progressive Chief Minister.’

The proceedings of the Assembly have been stalled for the past 10 days on the opposition demand for setting up a Joint Legislature Committee to probe irregularities in land allotments. (ANI)

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