Bill to protect agricultural land in state tabled in House

The government through the Bill intends to amend Section 2 of the Goa Land Use (Regulation) Act, 1991 so as to prohibit use of the agricultural land for any purpose other than agriculture

PANAJI: The Revenue Minister, Mr Francis D’Souza, on Tuesday, tabled the Goa Land Use (Regulation) (amendment) Bill, 2012 in the state legislative assembly to protect the existing agricultural land in the state of Goa.
The government through the Bill intends to amend Section 2 of the Goa Land Use (Regulation) Act, 1991 so as to prohibit use of the agricultural land for any purpose other than agriculture.
The Bill also seeks to insert a new section in the Act so as to restrict the owner of an agricultural land from transferring such land in favour of any person, including foreigner, other than agriculturist.
By another Bill, the Goa Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Legislative Assembly (Fourth Amendment) Bill introduced in the House the government has sought to increase the salaries, allowances and pensions to the members of the legislative assembly.
The Bill introduced by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar,  seeks to raise the pension payable to members of the House for the first year from ` 8,000 to ` 15,000 and an increase of ` 2,000 for every subsequent year subject to a maximum of ` 70,000.
The Bill also seeks to increase the salary of the members from
Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 and daily allowance from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. Besides, the motor car allowance is sought to be increased from ` 6 lakh to ` 15 lakh.
The Bill also seeks to increase the constituency allowance from
Rs 55,000 to Rs 90,000.
By yet another Bill, the Goa Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2012 introduced by the Chief Minister, the government has sought to increase sumptuary and compensatory allowances of the ministers.