Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Tuesday launched “ebhoomiharyana.org.in” —a web portal developed by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) for the purchase of land voluntarily offered to the Government for development projects.
The Chief Minister disclosed that on February 6, 2017, his regime had notified a policy for purchase of land voluntarily offered to Government for development projects. The policy was aimed at preventing distress sales of land by farmers and involving the landowners in decision making while locating the sites of development projects in the State. The twin objectives of the policy are sought to be achieved by establishing a mechanism whereby, a farmer before considering distress sale is assured of approaching the Government as a potential buyer for its projects and the Government can elicit if some landowners would be so keen about the benefits of a particular project that they would be willing to sell their land to government for it.
“The twin objectives of the policy are sought to be achieved by establishing a mechanism whereby, a farmer before considering distress sale is assured of approaching the Government as a potential buyer for its projects and the Government can elicit if some landowners would be so keen about the benefits of a particular project that they would be willing to sell their land to government for it.”
Mr.Manohar Lal asserted that this portal is a landmark initiative of the Haryana Government to transform the way land is procured in the State for public purposes. It would help in preventing distress sale of landowners by offering State Government as the potential buyer. The portal would help in matching the land requirement of Government with the voluntary offer of land by landowners and creating a database of such available land, he added.
Through this portal, a State Government Department can upload their land requirement for development projects with details like the total land requirement, feasible area, nearest landmark etc. and the landowners would be able to view the requirement on a Google map through the portal.
The landowners can enter their land sale offers on the portal either against a specific demand by the Government Department or on their own without any specific demand.
The portal is user-friendly and landowners will be able to access it in Hindi also. The landowner requires just his mobile number to access the portal and an OTP is sent on his mobile number. The landowner is required to enter basic details of land ownership and upload a copy of jamabandi and Aks-sajra of the offered land. The portal shall soon have linkage with the land records data base of the State Government.
Apart from the landowner, aggregators, who are registered under the Haryana Regulation Act, Property dealers and Consultant Act, 2008 and rules made thereunder, can also offer land against the demand of any State Government Department.
HSIIDC has been notified as the designated agency for providing this online portal and consultancy support to all the departments of the State and also conduct empanelment of aggregators. Dr. Raja Sekhar Vundru, Managing Director, HSIIDC said that five departments have already uploaded their land requirements on the portal and once advertisement is issued by the concerned department, landowners would be able to offer their land. For managing the portal and providing consultancy support, a separate Land Consultancy Cell is being created within HSIIDC.
Dr. Vundru said that the scrutiny of the applications received through this portal would be done by the concerned State Government Department and HSIIDC would provide necessary assistance in evaluation of the bids of offer. Final decision to purchase the land would be taken by the concerned State Government department on the recommendations of High Powered Land Purchase Committee under the Chairmanship of Minister, Revenue and Disaster Management, he added.
Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, Industries and Commerce Minister Vipul Goel, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Nayab Singh Saini, Chief Secretary D S Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rajesh Khullar, Principal Secretary, Industries Sudhir Rajpal and other senior officers were present.