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Gov't moving to streamline divestment of state-owned lands
2013-09-25 13:13:24 | (0 Comments)
The government is moving to streamline the sale of state-owned lands to give more Jamaicans a chance at landownership.
Land and Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill yesterday tabled a Bill to make changes to the Crown Property (Vesting) Act.
The legislation will give way to the establishment of a Land Divestment Advisory Committee which will have responsibility for considering applications for divestment made to the Commissioner of Lands.
It will also be responsible for making recommendations to the Minister.
Mr. Pickersgill says this will facilitate the fair, transparent and equitable disposal of Government-owned lands as well as widen the base of land ownership in Jamaica.
He states further that the legislation makes provision for the Commissioner of Lands to acquire, hold, and dispose of land and other property.
Mr. Pickersgill notes that this power cannot be exercised without general or special authority in writing from the Minister.
Meanwhile, the land and environment minister says the Policy Framework and Procedures Manual for the Divestment of Government-owned lands is now before Cabinet for final approval.
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