Special Correspondent

Government likely to amend law to prevent registration

  • Officials asked to identify illegal transactions
  • Collector promises action in Hayatnagar case

    HYDERABAD: Faced with the paucity of land for various development and welfare programmes, the Government on Monday asked Collectors to resume land, which was alienated/leased to educational institutions/organisations, if any violation was noticed in its use.

    Disclosing this to reporters after a regional conference with the Collectors of Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad and Nalgonda, Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said they were told to verify whether the alienated/leased land was put to proper use. The resumed land would be brought under the "land bank account", so that it could be utilised for public purpose.

    The Government, he said, was contemplating amending the law to prevent registration of lands notified for a particular purpose/project. Officials who violated this provision would face punishment.

    Exception

    The Collectors were directed to identify illegal transactions in assigned lands and give them to beneficiaries. Land assigned for agriculture could not be diverted or sold. But in urban areas, where there was no scope for using such resumed land for agriculture, the recently amended act would enable the Government to utilise it for public purpose.

    Mr. Rao promised to examine the issue when told that notices for illegal occupation were issued to the weaker section members who constructed dwellings on patta lands in Hayatnagar mandal.

    The Collectors were instructed to examine whether lands, which were declared unfit for farming could now be used for agriculture by adopting new technologies. They were told to identify forest lands, which were under cultivation of tribals since 1980, and dispose of such cases through the forest settlement officers. They were asked to identify land to compensate for the loss of forest lands, as also the defunct joint farmers' cooperatives, as the Government was also planning to issue pattas to individual members of the societies.

    The Minister said the conference reviewed the preparedness of assigning land to landless during the third phase of distribution from November 1. To commemorate the golden jubilee of the State's formation, it was decided to distribute 1lakh acres of land.