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Chief Minister wants such cases handled and finalised at the highest level

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has directed officials that all major land acquisition cases should be handled and finalised at the highest level. He has asked them to seek prior permission of the Cabinet for issuing the notification for land acquisition anywhere in the State. He has made it clear that there should not be any deviations and deletions once the land acquisition process and policy are announced. Dr. Reddy is also understood to have told the officials to see that the Government comes out with the best land acquisition policy. While evolving a comprehensive and transparent policy, the Chief Minister has said, non-governmental organisations and media must also be consulted so that the displaced people get the best compensation.

Sources in the Chief Minister's office said on Thursday that Dr. Reddy was seriously concerned about the heartburn among some farmers and the displaced people and reportedly asked officials to see that they became partners in development. He asked officials to study the Musi-Uppal model, in which the landowners have been made stakeholders along with HUDA.

He said there were apprehensions among the land losers that they would be deprived of the benefits due to them. Claiming that the relief and rehabilitation package implemented by the Government for the irrigation projects was the best ever, the Chief Minister said the displaced people would not be deprived of their due benefits.

He exhorted municipal administration, HUDA, APIIC and other related agencies to expedite the process of finalising special package like allotting the displaced people a part of the developed land. He is said to have remarked that it was essential for the Government to acquire suitable land for projects like Outer Ring Road, Special Economic Zones, Industries, IT sector, International airport, Fab city and dams.

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