Karnataka Notifies Land Reforms Act; 62,000 Inhabitants To Benefit
Karnataka will soon frame rules for the timely implementation of the amendments brought to a law that aims to give agriculture labourers rights over houses built on land not belonging to them prior to January 1, 1979.
On October 28, the state government had notified the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 2016, after getting an approval from President Ram Nath Kovind. The move will benefit 62,000 unrecorded inhabitants.
"The landmark Act has been notified. Rules will be framed soon so that it is implemented in a time-bound manner," SC (Scheduled Castes) and ST (Scheduled Tribes) Welfare Legislature Committee Chairman Shivamurthy told media after
meeting the Congress party chief in this regard.
A separate fund would be set aside for providing basic amenities such as road, public transport and drinking water once the inhabitants come under the revenue record, he said, adding that required budget for this purpose would be decided in the next session of the state legislature. Neighbouring states Andhra Pradesh, Telangana as well as Uttar Pradesh had shown interest to replicate this in their states, he added.
According to the Act, the government will give a certificate of ownership to those agri-labourers who are 'ordinarily' residing in houses build on a land not belonging to him prior to January 1, 1979. The eligible labourers will have to register as owners of the house within a year from the date of commencement of the Act. They will be compensated in cash and the state will not incur extra expenditure for this.
Shivamurthy, MLA from Mayakonda constituency in the Davanagere district, recalled that he was the first to move a private member bill in this regard in 2013-14 and had to withdraw it after the state government promised to bring the
amendments to Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961.
With inputs from Housing News
Last Updated: Fri Nov 03 2017