Indian defence ministry to revise land policy

Indian defence ministry to revise land policy

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New Delhi, India: There will be a change in India’s land policy in granting of no objection certificates (NoCs) to land deals in an attempt to plug loopholes, according to AK Antony, Defence minister, Government of India.

Unveiling the defence production and procurement policies in New Delhi, the minister spoke about computerising defence land records in 62 cantonments across the country, estimated to be about 17 lakh acres. The other changes include forming a GIS and digitisation of all survey and revenue records to prepare a land records database. The project will cost INR 2.52 crore.

Pulling up the ministry of defence (MoD) in the wake of the recent land scams, the parliamentary standing committee on defence, last month, disapproved the way the MoD had sidetracked one of its important recommendations for having an independent regulator for defence land.

The minister also pointed out that there was no system in place for management of defence estates, resulting in lot of encroachment. But now the government is taking every possible step to protect defence lands, he said.

Source: DNA