Pehowa, Kurukshetra, Sep 16 (UNI) Lease holders of agricultural land in Haryana, known as 'Pattedars', would now be able to take Panchayati land on lease for 99 years by paying a lumsump amount of Rs 2,500 as one time payment, plus Rs 1,000 per acre annually during the lease period.
This was announded by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today while addressing a large gathering here.
While making the announcement, he said this problem had been hanging fire for a very long period and the 'Pattedars' had even lost their case in the Court of Law. Therefore, they were rendered as illegal occupants of the land, he added.
Mr Hooda pointed out that this problem of 'Pattedars' was 50 to 60 years old. Their lease had expired 30 to 35 years ago.
This issue of 'Pattedars' was raised earlier by the MP Kurukshetra, Mr Naveen Jindal and local MLA and Agriculture Minister H S Chatha and they urged the Chief Minister to find a solution to this problem. The announcement by Mr Hooda providing relief to the 'Pattedars' and their heirs was greeted with loud cheers.
He said his government had implemented a number of welfare schemes for all sections of the society during last two-and-a-half years. Haryana was the first state where the highest ever amount of arrears of electricity bills of Rs 1,600 crore was waived off.
Now, another scheme had been implemented to benefit the farmers, rural craftsmen and petty shopkeepers, who had taken loans from Banks and Land Mortgage Banks and are defaulters as on March 31, 2006. They could now get their entire interest and loan waived off provided they deposit their principal amount of loan before September 30. This scheme would benefit them to the tune of Rs 830 crore.
Mr Hooda pointed out that Haryana was the only state where the farmers were given such a heavy compensation for damage to their crops due to hailstorms during last year. The farmers of Haryana were being given the highest ever price of Rs 138 per quintal for sugarcane in the country.
Three big canals of Dadupur Nalvi, BML Hansi Bhutana Link Canal and Mewat canal were being constructed, he added. The government has also announced to give an annuity of Rs 10,000 per acre for 33 years to those whose land has either been acquired or would be acquired, he added.
Mr Hooda said the law under which the farmers used to be arrested for not returning their cooperative loans had been abolished.
The Chief Minister said in a significant move, 11,000 Safai Karamcharis would be appointed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi falling on October 2. He said the state was giving the highest minimum wages in the country.
He said efforts were being made to provide employment to all eligible persons.