Chandigarh, August 31- Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has hailed the decision of the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi not to continue with the Land Acquisition Bill and give maximum compensation to landowners under the 13 Central Acts of the Central Government. Mr Manohar Lal said that this reflected his faith in democracy, development of the country and a decision made in favour of the farming community.
The Chief Minister said that the Land Acquisition Bill, which was brought by the Government of India in the past was also in the interest of the people, but opposition parties had created a false feeling of fear in the minds and hearts of the farmers. But keeping in view the present scenario, the decision of Prime Minister not to continue with the Bill is highly appreciable, because he is farmers' well-wisher and his main objective is to ensure welfare of the farmers.
Mr Manohar Lal said that Haryana is an agrarian state. Sixty-five per cent of its population is directly or indirectly related to agriculture. Not only this, 15.3 per cent share of gross domestic product comes from agriculture. Therefore, in future the land of farmers would be acquired with their consent and by evaluating its social impact.
While referring to the steps taken for the welfare of farmers, the Chief Minister said that the previous government had started the process to acquire 3,664 acres four kanal land in 16 villages in district Rewari for Manesar-Bawal Industrial Area and Logistic Hub. After the farmers protested, the present government took a decision in the interest of farmers and cancelled the acquisition of 3,664 acres and four kanal land in 16 villages of Bawal namely, Bawal, Banipur, Ashalwaas, Bagthala, Pathuheda, Ibrahimpur, Mangaleshvar, Khedamurar, Dayodhai, Kasoli, Bakhapur, Garhi, Bolni, Lodhana, Pithanvaas and Kasola. He also said that this was the only decision in the country in which the land was made free from acquisition and returned to the farmers in view of their interest.
He said that the present government has also decided that in future land of farmers would be acquired only with their consent and by evaluating its social impact. He said that in case any landowner wanted to sell his land of his own, the government would acquire his land under a policy and it would also set up a Land Bank under a scheme of social and economic development. In case land is required for any project, it would be advertised through newspapers. Thereafter, the process would be initiated to purchase land with his consent under a policy. If such a land is divided into pieces, the government can amend the Consolidation Act to consolidate it at one place. While again appreciating this decision of the Central Government, he has sought suggestions from the people.