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Iftikhar Gilani, Special Correspondent, Tehelka.com / Posted on 20 June 2011.
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New land use policy to put a ban on the purchase of multicrop farms
A NATIONAL land use policy is being crafted to put a blanket ban for 10 years on the purchase of any agricultural land used for more than one crop in a year. The draft is being prepared by the Ministry of Rural Development headed by Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Such multicrop farm land will be declared ‘reserved’ for agriculture on the lines of the reserved forest areas and it cannot be used for any other purposes except agriculture. Also, no polluting industry will be allowed to be developed in its vicinity.
The legislation, under preparation, would ensure 40 to 50 per cent of agri-land remains out of bounds for government and private acquisitions for industrial and housing projects for the next 10 years. It envisages revision of the land policy after ten years.
I do not see any rational behind the bar of only 10 years; it should be for all time to come!
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