Haryana approves land pooling scheme for farmers

July 20th, 2012 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) The Haryana government Friday announced a new land pooling scheme intended to make the landowner-farmers partners in the process of planned development of residential and industrial infrastructure.

Under the new scheme, the farmers, whose land is acquired by the state government for urban or industrial development, will have an option to be given residential, commercial and developed plots.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told media persons here that the scheme provides an option to the landowner-farmers to get developed land in return for their acquired land.

He said that the new scheme would upscale Haryana’s land acquisition policy which had already been protecting the interests of farmers whose land was acquired for various purposes.

Under the land pooling scheme, a landowner will get a 1,000 square yard residential plot and one commercial plot of 100 sq. yards for each one acre of land acquired by the government for the development of residential sectors by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

In the case of industries department, where infrastructure is developed by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), the landowner-farmer would have the option to get developed land measuring 1,200 square yards for each acre of land acquired.

The scheme is purely at the option of the landowners, Hooda said. Farmers wanting compensation for the acquired land will be paid through cheques.

Hooda said that the scheme was being offered as there was misconception that the government was acquiring land at lower rates and selling plots at much higher prices.

“After land is acquired, a large chunk goes for development of facilities and only limited areas can be sold as plots. The government has to spend a lot of money on the development of the facilities,” Hooda said.

No stamp duty and registration charges shall be payable on the conveyance deeds executed by HUDA or HSIIDC in favour of the landowners under the scheme.

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