Congress in Goa demanded that land losers of Mopa Airport should be paid four times the market value of their land and the administrative decision taken by the government to give enhanced compensation, three times the ‘primary compensation’, should be increased to four times the market value of the land and not undefined “primary compensation” at the rate of three times.
Addressing a press conference at the party state headquarter in the city, he said although approx 98 lakh square meters of the land was acquired under the Land Acquisitionof Act, 1894, i e prior to the Right to Fair (Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement ) Act 2013 came into force, yet the principles mentioned in 2013 Act should be adopted in Mopa land acquisition matter in the larger interest of farmers and weaker section of the society whose land had been acquired.
Naik claimed that the administrative guidelines announced by the government with respect to making of payment at the rate of three times the ‘primary compensation’, was a fraud which was clear from the fact that the government called it an ‘administrative decision’ and did not emanate from any of the provisions under Land Acquisition Act.
He said prevailing rate at Mopa was Rs 1500 per square meters and therefore land losers should get RS 6000 per square meter.
“Enhanced compensation is subject to availability and no interest. Besides, government’s malafide intention is also clear from the fact that the government’s decision to give enhanced compensation is subject to to the availability of funds and budgetary provisions, and further, guidelines also state that beneficiaries will not be eligible for interest in the event of any delay in payment,” he said.
Naik said land losers were earlier paid 25 paise to 50 paise for several years and was former Congress President Sonia Gandhi who took the initiative to amend the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, to give land holders and tenants what was due to them.
The Congress leader he was not aware as to what extent social impact study had been made with respect to the acquired land but certain infrastructural facilities had to be provided to the land losers such as proper road link, sanitation, toilet facilities, school facilities, anganwadis, sub health centre and primary health centre, playground community centres etc.
(Picture courtesy O Herald Goa)