The new policy gives ‘more compensation to the affected parties considering the prevailing conditions in the State’.
The state government has come up with some exciting offers for those who give up their land for development projects. A comprehensive Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy has been formulated by the government to resolve and reduce hurdles in acquiring land for development projects.
Unlike the original Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the new policy gives ‘more compensation to the affected parties considering the prevailing conditions in the State’. The new policy will help to reduce the problems faced while acquiring land.
Under the new policy, those people who lose their property in the rural area will be given a new house as per Indira Awas Yojna specifications. In urban areas, a constructed house of not less than 50 sqm in plinth area will be provided. A one-time assistance of ₹3 lakh, irrespective of family income, will be given for house construction if they don’t want the house.
For farmers losing agricultural land in the affected area will get a minimum of one acre in the command area of the project for which the land is acquired. If the land is acquired for urbanisation process, 20% of the developed land will be reserved and offered to the affected families, in proportion to the areas of their land acquired and at a price equal to the cost of acquisition and development.
The government will also provide a job for at least one member per affected family, a one-time payment of ₹5 lakh per affected family and annuity policies that shall pay not less than ₹3,000 per month per family for 20 years will be offered.
Small traders and others affected will get a one-time assistance of ₹50,000, all affected families will get ₹50,000 as resettlement allowance.
Commercial tenants less than 2,000 sq ft will be provided with a one-time assistance of ₹2 lakh for shifting. Employees in commercial establishments will get ₹6,000 for six months for loss of livelihood and residential family tenants ₹30,000 for shifting.
Even encroachers in the puramboke land will get ₹5,000 for six months. In the case of ‘place of worship’, in addition to the land and structural value, a shifting charge of ₹1 lakh is to be given.