During this period, the government received 56,566 applications from agricultural land owners seeking permission to convert the status of their land.
In the two calendar years between 2019 and 2020, the Gujarat government earned a phenomenal Rs 2,054 crore by permitting agricultural land to be used for non-agricultural (NA) purposes, the state legislature was informed on Saturday. This amount was earned as premium for providing non-agricultural or NA permissions in the state during this period.
In the past two years, over 30.28 crore square metres of land has been converted to non-agricultural by giving the requisite permission. Revenue minister Kaushik Patel, while speaking on the issue of non-agricultural permissions during the Question Hour, said, “A lot of applications come seeking non-agricultural permission. These are for industries, commercial units, residential, etc.” He said NA premium was one of the sources of revenues for the state government.