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AP Bans Cultivation In Land Pooling Zone

On a day the Andhra Pradesh government notified the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), officials said cultivation will not be allowed in the proposed 30,000 acres across 29 villages for the next season, where the new capital under the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) will be built.

Officials said except for around 4,000 acres in 29 villages of Guntur, farmers grow multiple crops on the land.“Prohibition of next crop will be part of the rules to be framed under the LPS scheme as farmers will be allowed to sell only their current crop when they get the yield,“ agriculture minister P Pulla Rao, told TOI.

“This rule will be either part of the CRDA Act or a separate notification will be issued as we will be paying the farmers tenant rent for their land every year,“ he said. However, farmers will be allowed to sell teak trees in their land before it is taken over by the government.

The government took this decision keeping in mind that tenant farmers might also end up tilling the land, despite it being taken over by the government.

As part of LPS, the farmers will be divided into two main categories, namely nonassigned lands and assigned lands. These two categories are further classified into dry lands and highly fertile lands, adjoining the river stream (Jareebu lands). The farmers will get 1,000 yards of residential plots, 200 yards of commercial plot in non-assigned (private) dry lands after the land is taken over by the government on a acre basis.From Jareebu land, they will get 1,000 yards of residential, 300 yards of commercial plot per acre after development once the pooling process is completed. But they will not be allowed to grow crops there.

In the assigned dry land category , farmers will get 800 yards of residential, 100 yards of commercial plot. In the Ja reebu land category, farmers will get 800 yards of residential and 200 yards of commercial plots. For the dry land, the government will pay an yearly rent of Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000 for Jareebu land for 10 years. Every year, there will be an increase of Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively in the rent, sources said.

As soon as the farmers give their land to the government they will get legally valid receipts and within nine months, the land pooling ownership certificates will be handed over. Plots will be allotted near the land they have given on lottery basis. If one farmer gives land at different places, he or she will be given plots category-wise at the same place. List of farmers who will get plots will be announced officially. The list will also be amended after all the objections are looked into.The AP government will also request the Centre to give income tax exemption to farmers.

As per the LPS, farmers can come forward for the pooling as a group and the rule applies to small and big farmers. About 30 deputy tehsildars, deputy collectors from revenue department will start negotiating with farmers. The government has fixed 1,000 to 1,400 acres as one unit.

Source: TimesOfIndia

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