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Draft amendment to settle land disputes (2)

(China Daily)

09:21, December 25, 2012

The only clause in the draft amendment to the Land Administration Law, emphasizing "fairness" in rural land seizure, removes the legislative cap on land compensation, and asks governments to improve the pension and social insurance of landless farmers.

Current land law stipulates that land compensation should not exceed 30 times the land's average annual output in the past three years, although experts have long criticized the standard as rigid and failing to change with economic development and inflation.

Monday's draft, instead, requires that the living conditions of farmers whose land has been seized be improved and their future development be sustainable.

Song Dahan, director of the State Council's Legislative Affairs Office, said governments that seize farmers' housing sites should either offer new houses to farmers or compensate them in cash according to market prices.

"Land compensation will include more dominant factors that can influence land prices, in addition to the current stipulation that only considers annual output value," he said.

Factors such as location, supply-and-demand, local social-economic development and whether the landless farmers are protected by social insurance will be added in.

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