LG Najeeb Jung has asked the Delhi government to “rescind” its notification of August 4, 2015, in which circle rates of agricultural lands were revised without his approval.
Jung has sought a fresh proposal with a draft notification after rectifying infirmities that he has pointed out in the government’s notification. The withdrawal of the notification would result in the 2008 circle rates kicking in. The per acre rate under that was Rs 53 lakh. But the AAP government had, in its first budget, steeply hiked the rates in a range of Rs 1 crore to Rs 3.5 crore.
The LG has pointed out that circle rates haven’t been revised since 2008 and it is nobody’s case that these shouldn’t be revised as it would benefit the farmers and also add to the government’s coffers. Jung has also pointed out that in 2008, too, LG’s approval was obtained before fixing the minimum rate of agricultural land.
The LG has also explained that he continues to hold the power delegated to him under the Indian Stamp Act, 1989, so the matter ought to be placed before him for consideration.
The circle rate hike was hailed as a pro-farmer decision by CM Arvind Kejriwal. The government had maintained that it did not need to send the proposal to the LG as it was part of the budgetary proposals approved by him. Later, as the LG-government turf war started, the whole circle rate issue became controversial.
While pointing out an infirmity, the LG said, “The rates for agricultural land falling in villages where land pooling is applicable have been fixed. As on date, the land pooling policy is not in operation in Delhi as the proposed villages where such a policy would be implemented are yet to be declared urban. Therefore, these rates can only be decided once such a policy is implemented on ground.”
He also pointed out that in 2008, when the minimum price of land was fixed, there were two categories of land: one that’s agricultural and the other situated on the riverbed between two bunds. But in the 2015 notification, Jung observed, no minimum price was fixed for land situated on the riverbed. He wants the government to rectify it in the new proposal.
Earlier on August 4, the Delhi high court had deemed the AAP government’s notification illegal as it didn’t have the LG’s consent. In the same judgment, the high court had held that the LG was the head of Delhi. Now, the LG has reaffirmed that all executive powers in respect of Delhi vests with him, and if any authority, functionary or person purports to act in his name or on his behalf, then he has to approve it for the action to be valid.
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