Cong manifesto to demand for ban on sale of agri land
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Cong manifesto to demand for ban on sale of agri land
Last Updated: Monday, January 23, 2012, 15:52
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Panaji: Congress in Goa on Monday said that the party manifesto for the forthcoming polls would include a demand for a complete ban on the non-Goans and non-farmers from buying agriculture land in the state.

Goa Congress spokesperson Ramakant Khalap told this to reporters today.

He said that this point has been included in the party manifesto for bringing about a solution to land scarcity, faced by the tiny state.

Ahead of the March 3 assembly polls, the Congress is giving final touches to its election manifesto, which is likely to be made public in the next two weeks. A special committee, headed by the former Union Minister of State for External Affairs Eduardo Faleiro has been formed for this.

Khalap, who is the convenor of the Faleiro Committee, said that the intention behind the move is to ensure that the land is being saved and preserved for future generations.

"Drying land resources due to real estate has been a major concern for the state," Khalap said.

Congress has promised to enact a law, once elected to power that would make it compulsory for an individual to reside in the state for 25 years, to claim himself to be a Goan, which would entitle him to buy an agriculture property if he is a farmer.

"Even a farmer from other states won't be allowed to buy a property in Goa," he said.

The party also intends to penalise the local farmers who keep their lands fallow.

"The farmers would be encouraged to cultivate the land," he said.

"All the Goans, who are committed towards 'Goa for Goans', should not sell the agriculture properties," Khalap said.


First Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 15:51



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