Gujarat: The State Government Revenue Department received about 56,000 applications over two years, 2019 and 2020, to convert agricultural land to non-agricultural use.
On Saturday, Kaushik Patel, state revenue minister provided this information. In response to a series of questions from the MLAs in Congress in the on-going budget session of the Gujarat Assembly.
In 2019 and 2020, according to a written response in the assembly, it was requested to convert 57.73 crore square meters of agricultural land for other purposes. The government gave permission to convert 13.47 crore square meters of agricultural land in 2020 and 16.80 crore square meters in 2019.
In his written responses, the Minister informed the Assembly about the revenue from this process. The State Government received revenue of Rs 1,152.33 crore in 2019 and Rs 899.95 crore in 2020. This revenue generated by giving permission to convert agricultural land to non-agricultural land in 2019 and 2020.
Hence, this implies that out of 57.73 crore square meters of land, the government has already given permission to convert about 30.27 crore square meters of agricultural land for non-agricultural use and the permission is given during the year 2019 and 2020. If the process of application continues like this, the State government’s Revenue Department can issue permits to convert more agricultural land for non-agricultural use.