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Hon’ble CM takes historic decisions for regularizing bonafide purchase of land and statewide uniformity in NA extension norms.

For the benefit of common man and farmers of the State, Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel has taken historic decisions in form of adding a new section in Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act, 1948 and modifying provisions of Kutch Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act and Saurashtra Gharkhed Act. The nitty gritties of these decisions, cleared by the Legislative Assembly earlier, have been finalised in form of government resolutions.

Many a times, the bonafide buyers of land have to face undue trouble, since permanent tenancy of the original owner is questioned after the land is sold and thereafter resold number of times. The authenticity of ownership of the current holder gets into limbo because of improper decisions by the competent authorities in the past due to uncertainties prevailing in the interpretation in the statute. To resolve this tangle, the state government has taken a historic decision to add Section 70A to the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act, 1948. As per this amendment, the person currently in possession of such new tenure land will have to pay a penalty of rupee one and a 25% premium as per the local jantri of agricultural land to regularize the purchase of the land. This decision will go a long way in easing the trouble of bonafide buyers who were unaware of the issues related to the such land.

Another historic decision is to bring uniformity in the NA extension norms across the state. Three different Acts for Tenancy and Agricultural Land are in force in Gujarat viz. the Kutch, Saurashtra and Bombay Acts. Till now, the norms for extension of time limits within which NA land has to be put to the specified use after obtaining NA permission, varied under the three above mentioned Acts .The State government has now brought uniformity in norms under the three Acts. District Collector is now empowered to give an extension in such cases up to 5 years upfront. Further extensions are also provided for by this amendments allowing such extensions granted from the State level.

These decisions reflect the rich experience of Hon. Chief Minister Smt.Anandiben Patel in Revenue matters and her keen interest in decentralizing powers at the district level and simplifying the complications prevailing in age old revenue Laws.

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