Market, circle rates equalled by government’s notification: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said there was a huge difference between market and circle rates on agriculture land in Delhi, but after his government’s notification circle rates’ revision it turned equivalent to market rate.

He was addressing a meeting with the farmers at Delhi secretariat.

“Before the notification, there was huge difference between market rate and circle rate in Delhi. For example, market rate was Rs.4 crore per acre, but circle rate was just Rs.53 lakh for agriculture land,” he said.

“With this notification, we have now equalled circle rate to market rate due to which frauds in land deals would stop,” Kejriwal said.

On June 25, the Delhi government during the budget session proposed to increase the circle rates of agricultural land between Rs.1 crore and Rs.3.5 crore per acre. The current circle rate is Rs.53 lakh per acre which is much lower than the prevalent market rate.

The ongoing tussle between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and the Aam Aadmi Party government had escalated further on Thursday when the government refused to accept Jung’s stay on its order increasing circle rates for agricultural land and also passed a resolution against Jung’s stay in the national capital.

Later, Jung returned the file to the council of ministers and ordered removal of “inherent inconsistencies”.

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