Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, has said that the new Draft Land Policy will be prepared after consulting all stakeholders like industrialists, IT sectors and so on to incorporate their opinions and suggestions and after further consultations, it will be made public for further suggestions and improvement. The Chief Minister underlined the need to make the new land policy absolutely transparent, need-based, scientific and judicious. An all-Party meeting will be held in early next month to elicit the opinions of various political parties.
The Chief Minister today held a review meeting with the ministers and officials of the departments concerned on the draft new land policy.
It may be recalled here that the Chief Minister made an announcement in the Assembly that a comprehensive new land policy will be evolved and announced. He immediately directed the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA), Land Revenue and other departments concerned to evolve a new transparent land policy in the State.
The Revenue Minister, Mr N Raghuveera Reddy, the IT&C Minister, Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the Chief Secretary, Mr S V Prasad, the CCLA, Mr Pankaj Dwivedi, the Special Chief Secretary to CM, Mr J Satyanarayana, the Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr Sam Bob, the Principal Secretary, Revenue, Mr Anil C Puneetha, the Principal Secretary, Energy, Mr Suthirtha Bhattacharya, the Principal Secretary, Social Welfare, Mr Raymond Peter, the Principal Secretary, Investment and Infrastructure, Mr Ajay Mishra, the MD, APIIC, Mr B R Meena, the Secretary to CM, Mr K S Jawahar Reddy, the Principal Secretary, Education, Mr Sambasiva Rao, the Special Secretary to CM, Mr S S Rawat, and other officials attended the meeting.
LACUNAE IN LAND ALLOTMENT POLICY
Several issues have been raised pointing out certain drawbacks in the working of the existing land allotment policy and mechanism. The government, therefore, felt that there is a need to revisit the existing policy and guidelines in regard to allotment of land to various departments, organisations, institutions, for sports, individuals etc, adopting the fundamental principle of judicious allotment. It is felt that only non-agricultural and unproductive land should be allotted for these purposes.
The Chief Minister said that all kinds of land allotments should be through a Unified Authority and the draft of the new land policy is being prepared by the CCLA after incorporating the suggestions and requirements of other departments like Industries, Information Technology, Infrastructure, APIIC, Power, Education, Social Welfare, Irrigation, Agriculture etc. The department heads presented their requirements and suggestions regarding the land policy which would be incorporated in the draft new land policy. All the lands available in the land bank to be created by the Government and allotted would be uploaded on the website.
The Chief Minister suggested that the new policy should also incorporate the Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) policy, coastline policy etc. He wanted all the departments to furnish information about the land already allotted, the land used, progress of the project etc. “We need information about how much land has been allotted and how much have been used. What is the progress of the Project, how much employment has been created and if the allottee is not making use of the land, the Government should resume and re-allot it to others as per the terms and conditions of the MoU”, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister underlined three main issues about the land policy and said that the policy should be absolutely transparent, there should be uniformity and excess land should not be allotted. There should be clear regulations in the policy to attract industries and investments to the State.
The New Land Allotment Policy is likely to include scientific and judicious allotment of land, rational norms on fixing cost of land, Constitution of Unified Land Management Authority, Mechanism for observation of various environmental and zonal regulations, Regular and effective monitoring of the land use, Procedure for re-allotment of resumed lands, share for the government in commercial enterprises, earmarking a portion of Government land proposed for allotment, Norms on the nature of ownership, procedure to be adopted for allotment of land. (NSS)