Draft policy to be placed before an all-party meeting to be held in June first week

In a bid to make the new land allotment policy transparent and objective, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has said that the draft policy to be ready by the month-end would be placed before an all-party meeting to be held in June first week.

Mr. Reddy, who held a detailed review meeting on the draft policy under preparation by the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration with inputs from various departments here on Wednesday, said that the comprehensive new land policy would be finalised after consulting all the stakeholders, industrialists, and public to arrive at a consensus.

The Chief Minister favoured making all kinds of land allotments through a Unified Authority to work like a single window. It would be headed by the CCLA and have secretaries of various departments as members.

He wanted a transparent study to be conducted for deciding how much land to be allocated to each industry/sector and that only non-agricultural and unproductive land be allotted to meet requirements of departments, organisations, institutions and individuals. The details of the land bank and allotments should also be uploaded on the website, he said.

Speaking to reporters later, Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy, said that government decided to evolve new guidelines and norms for judicious land allotment in view of several pitfalls in the existing mechanism.

The new policy would have rational norms on fixing cost of land, regular monitoring of land use, progress of project, employment generated. It would also facilitate resumption of allotted land if not used within the time frame or diverted for other than stated purpose, and re-allotment to others.

Relief and Rehabilitation for the displaced not only for irrigation but also other projects, coastline policy would be other provisions.

While the new policy would insist on judicious allotment, it would also have clear regulations to attract industries and investments to the State.

Mr. Raghuveera Reddy disclosed that the meeting decided to constitute a committee to decide the norms for land price fixation. An exercise was on to ensure that the government would have a share in the commercial enterprises. To industries where large extent of land was given, an area would have to be earmarked for government/public utilities. It was exploring allotting the land on long term lease instead of outright sale as an option.

Asked about whether a share in development be given to the displaced as in Gujarat, Mr. Reddy said that was also under consideration.

  • Move to evolve new guidelines for land allotment in view of pitfalls in the existing mechanism
  • New policy to have rational norms on fixing cost of land and regular monitoring of land use