The Haryana Government will implement a special scheme to purchase small landholdings from farmers with their consent through e-Bhoomi portal, consolidate these and use the consolidated land for setting up development works. Barren land will also be purchased from the farmers, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said.
He was speaking at a function after laying the foundation stone of an ethanol plant at Shahabad Sugar Mill in district Kurukshetra.
Under the scheme, farmers would upload details, including the price of the land holdings they wish to sell, on the e-Bhoomi portal, after which land would be purchased by the government as per requirement.
He reiterated that his regime would not acquire any land without the consent of farmers. “On the request of farmers, we have returned 3,000 acres of acquired land. We did not acquire cultivable land in Sonepat and Madina on the request of farmers. Land will be acquired only with the consent of the farmers,” he asserted.
Highlighting the initiatives being taken for the welfare of farmers in the state, Mr.Manohar Lal said the state government had decided to procure 50 per cent of the sunflower produce in the state and would ensure procurement of 75 per cent of the produce in the upcoming season.
He claimed that while the opposition parties were opposing implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system, it would provide people relief from 10 types of taxes and 65 per cent of them would remain out of its purview, he added.
He also inaugurated bridges over river Markanda and over Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal, and laid the foundation stones of re-laying of Astroturf in Markandeshwar Hockey Stadium, Shahabad, expansion of PWD Rest House, work to upgrade Shahabad-Barara-Kala Amb road, and bridge to be constructed on Kalsana-Mohanpur road over river Markanda. He also announced several development works for the area, including a girls’ college, upgradation of Government ITI in Shahabad Markanda, grand gate in the name of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on Shahabad-Barara road, construction of community centre, gymnasium and other projects.
Meanwhile, while talking to the media after inaugurating and laying the foundation stones of several development projects in Kaithal, he said the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) system was a good initiative for reform of the Indian economy which would lead to shrinking of red-tapism and facilitate consumers and traders by reducing costs.
Reiterating that his regime was sensitive towards the interests of the farmers, he said that compensation worth Rs. 2,400 crore had so far been disbursed to the farmers. This included compensation of Rs. 268.74 crore announced but not disbursed by the previous government.
Mr.Manohar Lal announced that a health insurance scheme to provide free healthcare services to the poor in the state would soon be implemented and the cost of premium would be borne by the state government.
Inaugurating the Adesh Medical College and Hospital in Mohri village of Kurukshetra district,he reiterated that medical colleges were being set up in all districts to meet the shortage of doctors in government hospitals. As many as 28 colleges would be set up in the state over the next two years which would help meet the requirement of 17,000 doctors.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij also spoke.