BHOPAL : The state government, prior to the Global Investors’ Summit, may give a shock to the farmers of the state in order to promote setting up of industries.

As per the present provisions, permission to buy more than 40 hectares of land has to be taken from the government under the Land Ceiling Act. In a recent development, the department of agriculture has floated a proposal exempting purchase of up to 100 hectares of land for setting up of industries from the purview of the Act.

The proposal also says that 100 to 250 hectare of land could be bought after permission from revenue department and in cases where more than 250 hectare of land is to be bought, they should be sent to cabinet sub-committee for clearance. The plea given by the government in support of this proposal is that it would free industrialists from the hassles of seeking unnecessary permissions for buying land.

Sources said if the proposal is accepted then it would harm the interests of the farmers. In the present scenario, the industrialists have to buy more than 40 hectares of land by getting it diverted beforehand. When diversion of the land is done, the farmers get a higher price for their land. If the proposal of allowing industrialists to buy up to 100 hectares of agricultural land without permission is approved, then it would lead to farmers getting lower price for their land.   Sources said the government is gearing up to put up the proposal of agriculture department before the cabinet so as to woo the industrialists prior to the Global Investors Meet.  The provision of taking permission for buying agricultural land was made to ensure that industrialisation should not hurt farming. If the provision of not taking permission for buying 100 hectare of agriculture land is approved then a trend to buy land in the name of setting up industries would start, which would prove detrimental to agriculture sector in the state.

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