Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday his government would modify the central land acquisition law to make it relevant to variable land prices in different parts of the state.
The first-time MLA, who was an RSS pracharak before joining the BJP in 1994, said he would wait for the central land acquisition law, being examined by a joint committee of Parliament, to be passed before taking a call on related legislation in the state.
“A piece of land that can be acquired for a few lakhs in, say, Karnal would come for not less than 3 crore in Gurgaon. If you pay four times the market rate for a piece of land in Gurgaon, the cost of the total project will shoot-up and make the venture non profitable. We will take all these factors into account when we change our land acquisition law,” Khattar said as part of the Unplugged at HT series.
“At a recent meeting of NITI Ayog, I requested that the matter of framing land acquisition policy be left to the state, because every region has a different set of issue, problems and potential.”
The chief minister also argued that he would not mind the consent and social impact assessment clauses being restored in some certain cases as his government would not like to give the impression to farmers and land owners that their land was being snatched.
The contentious land acquisition bill has been stuck because of the government’s lack of numbers in the Rajya Sabha and the perception that will trample over the rights of farmers. However, some BJP parliamentarians have joined opposition members in demanding the rollback of the contentious consent clause and the social impact assessment in an acquisition bid.
But Khattar disagreed the proposed format of the central law had created a negative impression about the BJP government in the minds of the people. “There are mixed signals (about the necessity of the land acquisition policy under consideration). There is no use of such mixed signals,” Khattar said.
The Haryana government is also contemplating rolling out a new Industrial Policy this month to give a push to industrialisation and economic growth in the state.