CM planning new land acquisition act to give market price

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 December 2010 21:17 IST

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat is planning to issue an ordinance to bring legislation, on the lines of Haryana, for acquiring land at market rate and rehabilitating and resettling the people displaced due to government projects.

A proposal in this regard has already been forwarded by the State Law Commission, suggesting that the Haryana model be adopted for Goa.

“We are positive about bringing in this legislation. If necessary, we will bring an ordinance to make it applicable immediately”, Kamat told

The chief minister is planning to hold a meeting of all the concerned secretaries, including law, revenue etc along with the law commission by next week. The meeting will also study other legislations like Uttar Pradesh etc, to bring in the most progressive Land Acquisition Act.

Law Commission chairperson Adv Ramakant Khalap, who has submitted the proposal, claims this legislation would end the grievances of all the people who are agitating against the national highways, railway track expansion, Mopa air port, Sports City and many such government projects.

According to him, the legislation should provide compensation at market value, residential plots if a house is acquired, exemption from stamp duty and registration charges, government job to the affected family and many more concessions.

Khalap has written a detailed blog in this regard on

State opposition leader Manohar Parrikar as well as state NCP president Surendra Sirsat has also welcomed the proposal. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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It is not suprising the "Market Rate" is being offered now.

As nearly all the 4O Goa MLA`s and their relations have bought land where Mopa Airport is due to be constructed, it will soon be harvest time.

Some Laws and directives are issued to serve the MLA`s and Hoteliers (Cidade de Goa) at the appropriate time.

As far as jobs that will be offered to the the people losing their land....they can be sure that it is not for life and if a new Government is elected it can be limited and questionabe.

Most of the schemes that Mr D Kamat has introduced have never borne fruit or been workable.It is all false promises that he makes.

Mr Digu Kamats best attributes are, keeping silent on major issues,depending on Goa Police to solve serious crimes, opening ceremonies,prize distributions and threats to close down Facebook.

- N.Fernandes, London | 11 th December 2010 00:39


It is a disgrace that in every deal there could be underhand money transaction! The country would prosper only if all such underhand dealings are eliminated!

For the determination of the fair market price of the land - the sale deeds prices are to be a basis besides other considerations! But even the sale deed prices are ignored by the bureaucrats many times and arbitrarily the awards are made! Even if the award is wrongly made - the same cant be questioned by the common man and he has to suffer the injustice or go to Courts!

It is good that the Chairman of the Law Commission and the Hon. CM are concerned about this problem and may be they will be able to find a rational solution to prevent the officials harassing the common man in the Land acquisition cases!

- james silva, margao | 08 th December 2010 17:06


As far as so called market rate of the said land. How can one determine the market price? if we go by the last sale deed of registered to determine the price NO land is sold without black money as one is at the mercy of the seller one have to agree whatever he ask for in black money. It will take way long to get the fair market price. Furthermore this POLITICINES are fooling us this LAND ACQUISITION ACT is looked in by centre if not please see this link

- Anthony Pereira, Goa - India | 08 th December 2010 01:14


It is positive that the Government, has taken note of the need for change in the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, As it is, with the 44th Constitutional Amendment the State Government has overriding powers, citing public interest of purpose. But if it goes against the wishes of the people the Government can be oblivious or insensitive to the needs of the people and their hurts and feelings or deproiiving them of their rightful gains at Government's acquisition policy.

There must be a mechanism for incentives, avoidance of loss of pecuniary benefits to would-be losers, besides a slew of other benefits contemplated by our good Government.

Since it is not done so often, the measure needs to be discussed and a model most suitable chosen for our State.

- Ludovico, Old-Goa | 06 th December 2010 17:28


The Hon Chief Minister is doing the right thing by planning to bring necessary changes in the outdated Land Acquisition Act--inherited from the Britishers- and which has been misused by the indifferent bureaucracy in the last few years to snatch away the land from the farmers at throw away price and to harass the common man and subjecting him to many unnecessary litigations!

Laying down clear cut guidelines for the bureaucracy to follow while filing cases in various courts and from lower courts to higher courts- for the land acquisition cases- will also help in reducing unnecessary burden on the Courts as well as save harassment to the farmers whose land is acquired and who dont wish to go through the agony of the lengthy judicial procedures!

- Vishwas Prabhudesai, Loliem | 06 th December 2010 09:49


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