Haryana govt`s land acquisition policy comes under CAG scanner
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 20:31
Chandigarh: The Haryana Government may face more trouble over its land acquisition policy with Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Saturday announcing that the process for acquiring land was under examination.

"It (land acquisition) is under our examination," Principal Accountant General, Audit (Haryana), Sushma V Dabak told reporters here today.

Dabak was replying to queries on whether the CAG was undertaking any audit of the land acquisition policy in order to determine transparency followed in the whole process. She, however, refused to divulge further information.

"Just now, I cannot comment on it," she replied when asked about further details.

"We will do (carry out audit of land acquisition) as per procedure followed by the CAG office."

The Congress-led government in Haryana is under attack from various quarters, including opposition party INLD, over its land policy.

The Hooda government has been accused of acquiring land at lower rates from farmers to benefit realtors.

State Finance Minister Ajay Yadav had also expressed reservation over the land acquisition policy and had asked Hooda not to acquire fertile land.

Even Union minister Kumari Selja had asked Hooda to review the decision of acquiring fertile land in Ambala for developing an industrial township.

Last month, the chief minister had strongly defended the land acquisition policy and attacked the Opposition for raking up a false issue.

Hooda had claimed that during March 2005-10, the state government had paid Rs 9,834 crore as compensation for acquiring land by various state departments.


First Published: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 20:31

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