Kerala revamps land acquisition policy

A comprehensive Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy has been notified by the government for all land acquisitions to overcome hurdles in acquiring land for development projects.

Deviating from the 2nd Schedule of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the new policy in lieu of the Act is for providing ‘more compensation to the affected parties considering the prevailing conditions in the State’.

The decision is based on the recommendation of a seven-member committee headed by P. H. Kurian, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), to provide ‘more assistance’ than that was included in the 2nd Schedule of the 2013 Act to the displaced, taking into account the problems faced while acquiring land.

Under the new policy, if one loses his/her house in the rural area, a constructed house will be provided as per Indira Awas Yojna specifications. In the urban area, a constructed house of not less than 50 sq m in plinth area will be provided. A one-time assistance of Rs. 3 lakh, irrespective of family income, will to be given for house construction if they don’t want the house.

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