Haryana govt`s land acquisition policy comes under CAG scanner

Last Updated: Saturday, March 5, 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.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 20:31

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