Goa NGO warns govt against misusing land acquisition powers
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 18:22
Panaji: Goa Bachao Abhiyaan (GBA), a leading green NGO has warned the government against misusing its powers to acquire land for public purpose.

"Goa government should define what exactly is the purpose when they acquire the land for projects. Even if it's for public purpose, the government should specify who will benefit from it," GBA convenor Sabina Martins said.

The NGO today held a meeting here ahead of their talks with chief minister Digamber Kamat on April 15 when all the issues related to land use would be discussed.

"Right from Cricket stadium at Thivim to Football stadium at Verna or hospital project at Margao, the state government should define the public use," Martins said.

"Even if there is acquisition for the government project, the land owner should be paid as per market rates," she added.

Briefing media after the meeting, Martins said that the GBA along with village groups will meet chief minister on April 15 to bring to his notice gross violations in various villages across the state.

The meeting also decided to ask the government to notify National Agricultural Policy, which disallows conversion of cultivable lands.

"We have received letter from the Prime Minister's Office which clearly speaks about agricultural policy. We met the local bureaucrats asking them to notify this policy but they seem to be not interested," Siddharth Karapurkar, a local activist, said.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 18:22

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