Recently, the federal government has decided to ban compulsory land acquisition by federal institutions like the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and abolished all quotas in the government housing schemes besides its employees.
The forcible acquisition of land from locals by state authorities is an unjust practice as it is unilateral and not inclusive of the stakeholders’ interests. Previously, local government development authorities had started to pester locals into selling their land at a throwaway price and then later sold it to other parties for a much more profitable price. Although many government officials and legislators have welcomed the development, some had the opposite view.
According to some government officials, under the new decision, the Naya Pakistan Housing Program will be unable to acquire land to provide housing units to the needy at affordable prices. If the government is barred from acquiring land, it will not be able to live up to its promise.