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After CAG Rap, Gujarat To Revise Jantri Rates

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After CAG Rap, Gujarat To Revise Jantri Rates

GANDHINAGAR: After the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s observations regarding huge losses to the state exchequer because of irregularities in calculation and use of the jantri rates (annual statement of rates or ASR rates) for land, the BJP-led government has initiated a review of jantri rates, that haven’t been revised since 2011.

The CAG report submitted in March 2018 determined that, “According to the instruction from the Gujarat high court, the govt. has planned an annual review of actual market rates of related areas through surveys and varied tools, to set what the annual statement of rates ought to be for a land costs in a very specific year and by extension for revenue through registration charges and stamp tax to assist those connected to them, the govt. of Gujarat failed to apply annual statement of rates from 2012 to 2017. Due to this non-compliance with the annual statement of rates, the govt. of Gujarat has lost a large sum of cash (Rs 25,000 crore according to the Congress’s claim).”

Kaushik Patel, the state revenue minister, said, “The government has initiated the method of reviewing jantri rates and every one discrepancies are going to be corrected. the govt. received representations from varied stakeholders and also the review method can think about all such suggestions.”

PAC recommendation to form jantri authority ignored

The public accounts committee (PAC) of the state assembly, in its report submitted in March 2016, had criticized the government for its jantri policy and counseled forming a platform (a cell or authority) for voters to boost grievances regarding without reasoning high or low rates. The state revenue department has not however acted on the advice.

The committee additionally commented that jantri rates were abnormally high in bound areas and extremely low in others.

The PAC report noted that, “The committee advised in its 1st report back to establish a cell or an authority to decide jantri rates, like in Maharashtra. The authority can decide jantri rates from village to district level, by consulting experts, local traders, local trade associations, leading citizens, public representatives, people’s teams etc. The jantri rates are going to be reviewed each year. at this time there’s no authority wherever people will register grievances regarding jantri rates in their areas.”

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