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Rays of hope in land policy

Seven is not merely a number; it’s a figure of hope for a state where availability of industrial land is next to impossible.

Industries department sources said proposals from seven landowners, ready to offer their plots under “Aao Bihar” scheme, have been received after verification by the respective districts.

“We can say that it’s sunshine for industrialisation. At present, land availability has put a spanner in the industrial process. However, it will be too premature to say the problem is completely solved in the state,” an industries department official said.

Officials felt that the revival of the Aao Bihar policy, launched in 2011, brought out a new chapter.

“The initiative found no takers and soon it was shelved. However, in around eight months, the state has got a total of seven proposals now. These proposals have come from landowners who have plots in Begusarai, Buxar, Katihar, Patna and Jamui districts. Scanned documents regarding the district administration-verified applications have been uploaded on the industries department website (www.industries. bih.nic.in). We have got some more applications, which are undergoing verification,” the official added.

The reasons cited by the landowners for offering the plots vary from old age problems to maintenance. Naresh Kumar Singh of Munger wrote in the proposal letter (signed on January 3): “I have 5 acres of land in Jamui.… I am 72 now. May I request you to enlist the land for government use.” The proposal, attached with the updated tax receipt, has been verified in just 13 days to be uploaded on the website

In total, around 100 acres of land from seven landlords have come to the government under Aao Bihar.

“The government will start with proper advertisement of the plots, which have come for disposal under Aao Bihar now. Also, one can say that BIADA will start taking fresh applications for land very soon,” another department official said.

Some industrialists have reservations too. “The government must first clarify things before coming out with schemes one after the other,” Satyajeet Kumar, chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bihar, said.


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