Apex Court Demands Compensation Policy For Land Owners In North India



Apex Court Demands Compensation Policy For Land Owners In North IndiaAmidst growing land acquisition rows across India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested the government come out with a “reasonable compensation policy” to meet the genuine grievances of land owners. A vacation bench of justices GS Singhvi and CK Prasad felt if a proper monetary compensation policy was evolved by the government the frequent disputes over acquisition of lands by government would not arise. “We think if the state formulates a reasonable compensation policy, then these type of disputes would not arise. We are frequently witnessing these type of problems. Why don’t you come out with a proper compensation policy for the land owners”? the bench told Additional Solicitor General PP Malhotra.

The counsel agreed with the suggestion that a proper compensation policy ought to be set up to avert such disputes. He said the government was already in the process of coming out with a suitable mechanism to deal with the issue.

Bhatta-Parasul in Uttar Pradesh was in the news recently over alleged arbitrary land acquisition by Mayawati government even as the Singur and Nandigram land acquisition disputes were considered to be a prime factor for the recent rout of the CPM-led Left Front government in West Bengal. The apex court made the remarks while granting time to Delhi government to explore a compromise with certain land owners at Harsh Vihar whose 80 acres were acquired for the ostensible purpose of setting up a power grid by Delhi Transco for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.



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