Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government is preparing grounds for changing the law to benefit landowners, a large section of whom are politicians from the ruling Telugu Desam, who have purchased assigned lands illegally across the state.
The state government in principle has decided to amend the Andhra Pradesh Assigned Lands (Prohibition of Transfers) Act, 1977 (Act 9 of 1977), giving rights to beneficiaries to sell the land.
Act 9 of 1977 prohibits sale and purchase of assigned lands. Only freedom fighters are allowed to sell assigned lands.
No state in India till date has amended the Act giving rights to sell assigned lands. If the state government does so, AP will be the first state.
In the AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) limits, out of the 33,000 acre pooled for the construction of Amaravati, 1,335 acre is assigned land. If calculated at the rate of Rs 2 crore per acre, the total worth of assigned lands in CRDA limits alone will be worth more than Rs 2,500 crore.
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