Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 23:
Odisha Government is yet to decide on the identification of sharecroppers and is waiting for a report from the Development Commissioner before taking a final call, said Revenue Secretary Mona Sharma today after a review meeting of the department at the Secretariat.
She, however, clarified that agricultural input subsidy is being provided to the farmers as identified by the village committee and RI (Revenue Inspector) report. The 2011 model is being followed to address the drought situation and disburse the subsidy.
Acquisition of land for infrastructure development was also discussed in the meeting.
“Timely acquisition of land is important for infrastructure development. A new land acquisition act is in force after the ordinance expired. There are certain new procures inculcated in it and we spoke about them. We explored new opportunities to facilitate easier ways to users so that they can deposit money for registration duty and stamp duty with ease and overall land registration process can be made simpler. We also discussed about the type of benefits being offered to the public and if they are receiving them at the grassroot level,” said Sharma.
She further added that the government conducts the social impact study before acquiring land and has appointed Nabakrushna Choudhary Institute to carry out the same in the state. The social impact assessment creates an opportunity for the administration to hold discussion with locals.