HA NOI (VNS) — Compensation for evicted land users must be increased, said Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang.
Speaking at a conference last week, Quang said that increasing evictions of farmers to develop industrial zones had resulted in many complaints, 70 per cent of which were about inadequate compensation.
"The compensation amount, which is determined by State and Government bodies, must be closer to the market land price," Quang said.
Nguyen Duy Thang, an expert from the Asian Development Bank, said that people evicted from their land needed to buy new property and build houses, so the compensation they received should be sufficient to allow them to do so. He suggested that those determining the amount consult the public.
Nguyen Cong Hong, vice general director of the Ha Noi-based Viet Hung Urban Development and Investment Joint Stocks Company, agreed that when province and city People's Committees developed their land price frame, they should consult land users to ensure transparency.
Chairman of the northern Lao Cai Province People's Committee Doan Van Huong said that farmers should receive a different amount of compensation than other types of land users.
The current Land Law was approved last November and will take effect in July. — VNS