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Jharkhand land acquisition policy to be framed after considering public opinion

Ranchi, March 18: Jharkhand chief secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday said the state government will give priority to affirmative nod and interest of real land owners before taking any decision related to land acquisition.

According to Gauba, village head, mukhiya and villagers can give their suggestion in this regard to their respective deputy commissioners.

Prior to taking any decision, the government will consider these suggestions seriously. He was addressing a suggestion meeting organised at Dumka today. The actual stakeholders (rayiats) and socialites were invited to the meeting to share their suggestions related to land acquisition policy.

The chief secretary further added that the committee constituted by Jharkhand government to sort out the issues related to land acquisition policy is having a clear objective of finalising the policy with public consent. The committee will gather the public opinion and submit recommendations to the government, Gauba said.

In the meeting, Dumka Municipal Board chairperson Amita Rakshit suggested profit sharing of acquired land with rayiats and liberal laws in this regard.

Local bar council chairman Vijay Singh suggested that the land acquisition policy should be framed according to sanctity of the SPT Act. Vice-president, district board, Aseem Mondal, insisted on regular income arrangement for rayiats before land acquisition.

Journalists, farmers, educationists and social workers too suggested the committee. A large number of people submitted their suggestions in writing.

Additional chief secretary Uday Pratap Singh; secretary, Revenue & Land Reforms, K. K. Sone; deputy commissioners of different districts of Santhal Pragana along with police officials were present in the meeting .

After the general meeting the chief secretary held a meeting with officials of land acquisition department.

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