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Haryana doubles floor rates
Incentive for farmers who do not resort to litigation on acquisition 
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The Haryana Government today offered a Diwali bonanza to landowners, announcing a steep hike in land acquisition rates, a ‘no litigation’ incentive and a higher annual payment for 33 years to those whose land is acquired.

Earlier, the highest official acquisition rate in the state was Rs 22 lakh per acre and the lowest Rs 8 lakh. Now, the lowest rate of acquisition, including the incentive and annuity, will be about Rs 21 lakh and the highest in Gurgaon at Rs 72 lakh.

Unveiling the new policy here today, Hooda seemed to have taken on himself the responsibility of being just every landowner’s guardian angel, offering 20 per cent ‘no litigation’ incentive, hiking annuity, increasing plot size for oustees and reserving commercial plots for them and much more.

The new policy has prompted many to tout it as a “national human rights policy” under which every landowner has not only been duly compensated but also exempted from stamp duty and provided with alternative power connection for tubewells. These decisions will be applicable from September 7 this year.

Dividing the state into five zones, instead of the earlier three, Hooda said the minimum floor rate (MFR) for land within the notified limits of Gurgaon had been hiked from Rs 22 lakh to Rs 40 lakh per acre, taking the total amount per acre to Rs 72 lakh (inclusive of the 30 per cent solatium, interest and the 20 per cent ‘no litigation’ incentive.

In the notified limits of Faridabad and Panchkula MCs, areas forming part of the development plans of the Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex (excluding those falling within the limits of the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation) Sohna, and the Sonepat-Kundli Urban Complex, the total emoluments payable under the policy are Rs 54 lakh per acre (MFR is 30 lakh).

The cost of areas acquired within the development plans of Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, Rewari, Dharuhera, Bawal, and Panipat towns is Rs 45 lakh per acre, including Rs 5 lakh as ‘no litigation’ incentive. In the rest of the National Capital Region, areas situated outside the limits of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation and the land falling within the development plans of all other district headquarters outside the NCR, the emoluments total Rs 36 lakh per acre. In the remaining parts of the state, the landowners will get Rs 21.6 lakh per acre, including Rs 2.4 lakh as incentive. Earlier, the floor rates in the state were Rs 22 lakh, Rs 16 lakh and Rs 8 lakh, respectively, for the three zones which will now be Rs 72 lakh, Rs 54 lakh, Rs 45 lakh, Rs 36 lakh and Rs 21.60 lakh effectively, including the ‘no litigation’ incentive which have been incorporated for the first time.

This is for those farmers who do not to resort to any litigation on the acquisition and the compensation awarded by the land Acquisition Collector. The incentive would be paid at the time of execution of the agreement, the Chief Minister said.

Hooda said the landowners would now be paid an annuity amount of Rs 21,000 per acre/per annum which would be increased by Rs 750 every year for a period of 33 years. This worked out to Rs 10,89,000 per acre. Earlier, the annuity amount was Rs 15,000 per acre/ per annum with an increase of Rs 500 every year.

Hooda said the annuity for acquisition of land for private companies / initiatives would be Rs 42,000 per acre per annum with an annual increase at Rs 1500. The additional amount paid as annuity over 33 years worked out to Rs 21,78,000 per acre.

The Chief Minister said where a government department resorted to acquisition of self-occupied residential houses for unavoidable reasons, the owners would be entitled to allotment of residential plots. These would be carved out in close vicinity of the village abadi. For the first time, plots up to 450 sq yards would be allotted against acquisition of built-up self-occupied houses. The rates of residential plots reserved for allotment to land oustees would be 20 per cent lower than the nodal price worked out for the general public.

Hooda said where the entire holding was acquired by the government for HUDA, HSIIDC and HSAMB, developed commercial/ industrial sites would be reserved and allotted to such oustees, subject to the acquired land being a minimum of one acre. Commercial or industrial sites would be reserved and allotted in addition to the residential plots for these oustees. “Government job to a dependent in Group C and D will be offered where more than 75 per cent of land, subject to a minimum of two acres or above, is acquired for public purpose other than that for HUDA/ HSIIDC/ HSAMB,” Hooda said.

The government had also decided to exempt the affected farmers from paying stamp duty for purchase of land in the state. If a landowner, whose land was acquired, purchased alternative agricultural land within the state in a period of two years of the award, he would be entitled to exemption from stamp duty and registration charges. The exemption would be given only up to the amount awarded.





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