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China faces challenge of farmland protection: legislature report

(Xinhua)

20:16, December 28, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- China is facing a stern challenge of farmland protection as many construction projects are encroaching on arable land and exceeding the scale envisaged in the country's land-exploration plan, according to a report delivered to the top legislature.

Uyunqimg, vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), made the remarks Wednesday when she delivered a report concerning China's farmland-use on behalf of a NPC law enforcement inspection team.

The most outstanding problem is the illegal occupying of farmland in road and railway construction, Uyunqimg said.

Among some local governments, illegal land-grab conduct, such as exploration against relevant regulations and non-transparent distribution of compensation, has violated the rights of farmers, she noted, urging greater transparency and supervision in this area.

The top legislature sent a team to ascertain how a law on rural land contracts has been implemented in order to prevent farmers' land rights from being violated.

The team went in six separate groups to the provinces of Hebei, Jilin, Anhui, Shandong, Hunan and Gansu from August to October.

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dstin at 2011-12-2960.164.110.*
Does it work? I do not understand why you tell you aims before investigation. Do it so that the local govenment can make unreal piles.
PD User at 2011-12-2960.164.110.*
Does it work? I do not understand why you tell you aims before investigation. Do it so that the local govenment can make unreal piles.
Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2011-12-29188.61.105.*
Talking of land it is the most heart-aching to people who have lived through 1949, when Chairman Mao nationalized farmland. Today the local authorities grabbed the very land that The Chairman gave back to the tillers and give it to developer speculators by evicting the current tenants. In some cases even given the land to large multinationals. Mao Zedong"s memory is still endearing to many Chinese, specially the peasants. Land has always be a crucial factor for social stability ansd land grabbing just could not continue by ignoring the grievances of the common folk.
helen at 2011-12-28175.142.223.*
It is so simple. Would corrupt officials help the rural Chinese or conspire with the private developers to grab their lands? The choice is obvious. The poor has nothing to offer but the wealthy can enrich these scums under the guise of being "officials"!CCDI must intensify their work against those who abuse their position for monetary gains and SUPP should impose the maximum penalties for all corrupt officials without fear or favour.So many civilisations and political systems have disappeared due to corruption. Nobody seems to read history and heed the lessons of the past ....
See at 2011-12-2860.50.8.*
china should not face challenge of the farmland if theyhave proper laws. First the farmland to be convert to housing scheme from the farmland, second the developer or person wanted to build building they must submit building plan to obtain apporval from the minicipal government. Before plan is approve there will be a few meeting among the local governemnt officials such as municipal environmental,fire, road department,land official and drainage department
  

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