Chandigarh: Land Acquisition is a multi-disciplinary process which requires the Collectors to adopt a quasi-judicial, empathetic and expeditious approach to address the concerns of the various stakeholders, while meticulously complying with the mandatory, statutory provisions.
This was stated here to day by KBS Sidhu, IAS, Special Chief Secretary to Government of Punjab and Financial Commissioner (Revenue)–cum- Director General, MGSIPA while launching the 3-days training programme on “Implementation of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013″ at MGSIPA Complex here today. About 50 Senior Revenue Officers including Additional Deputy Commissioners, Sub-Divisional Magistrates and Tehsildars Senior Functionaries of National Highway Authority of India, and Engineers from PWD Department, Punjab joined the programme.
KBS Sidhu further said that private land is required for multipurpose infrastructure development projects involving large public interest but there are normally delay and conflicts associated with acquisition of land.
These impediments not only halt the implementation of proposed investments but are also likely to propel a vicious cycle of low investment and low growth in the economy. While acrimonious protests and social conflicts are often associated with projects involving land acquisition, the dearth of trained professionals incapacitates governments and organizations to address these issues effectively.
Elaborating in detail the practical problems based on his long administrative experience on Land and Revenue Laws Sidhu said that lack of awareness about important land acquisition case laws have been resulting in recurring mistakes with manifold financial implications for the requiring/acquiring bodies. These valuable case laws relate to market value determination, compensation standards, publication/notification procedures, possession requirements, role of requiring bodies, interest payments etc.
This three-day training programme jointly organized by Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) Punjab in partnership with Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad mainly aims to overcome the contentious issues of Land Acquisition and update the officers and stakeholders about important land Acquisition case laws.
Dr. Reshmy Nair, Professor and Director, Centre for Excellence in Management of Land Acquisition and R & R (CMLARR), Administrative Staff College of India while interacting with the participants said that trained professionals have been deputed to impart quality training to the participants about various Land Acquisition case laws along with Social Impact Case Studies, Land Acquisition background, Compensation Determination and other related issues.
Jaspreet Talwar, Principal Secretary to Government of Punjab and Director, MGSIPA while welcoming participants said that the Course has been thoughtfully designed to cover the implementation experiences of the RFCTLARR Act, 2013, land acquisition, pooling and purchase, Interpretation and implementation of R & R provisions in the 2013 Act, judiciary interpretions about the provisions of the new Land Acquisition Act, case laws for operationalizing the provisions of Land Acquisition Act etc.
She said that MGSIPA Institute has made excellent arrangements for the stay of the participants and they should spend maximum time for gaining knowledge from this programme.