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Enact ‘Land Ceiling Act’: Goa Parivartan Manch

Comments Off on Enact ‘Land Ceiling Act’: Goa Parivartan Manch   |   February 13, 2014    02:47pm   |Contributed by manoja

PANAJI: The Goa Parivartan Manch has called for the government to enact a ‘Land Ceiling Act’ to prevent ‘land sharks’ from purchasing large tracts of land in the state.

Speaking to mediapersons on Saturday, advocate Atish Naik, advisor to the NGO, said, “Goa is a small state with limited land resources. We have been observing that individuals and private companies have started to recklessly acquire large tracts of land in certain areas, to create ‘land banks’. This is cause for concern as it can alter and tamper with the demography of the state.”

Pointing out that the comunidade lands and estates belonging to churches across the state are huge stretches of undeveloped land lucrative to real estate developers, the activists called for chief minister Manohar Parrikar to enact amendments to the Goa Land Revenue Code, 1968, to restrict the purchasing capacity of ‘land sharks’.

“Several other Indian states already have such legislations in place, most notably in Maharashtra, which has separate acts for rural and urban areas. Goa is in urgent need of such a law, if its unique identity is to be preserved for posterity,” Naik added.

While the NGO does not have a cut-off figure (for the land ceiling) in mind, it has submitted a memorandum to the chief minister, urging him to put the concept of the act out in the public domain by notifying a bill, and to take people’s suggestions before framing the policy.


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