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Regularisation of lands to continue: Dharmana

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Big cities to be divided into revenue divisions depending on population

Land survey initiated in Nizamabad to be extended to five more districts

HYDERABAD: After assuming charge as Revenue Minister for a second term, Dharmana Prasada Rao said here on Wednesday that regularisation of lands occupied by individuals in urban areas of the State under GO 166 would continue.

It was suspended following enforcement of the code of conduct for the elections.

He clarified that in case of the below poverty line families, 80 square yards of occupied land would be regularised free of cost.

Others would have to make graded payment depending on the extent of land occupied.

Reforms

Mr. Rao said the reforms initiated in the Revenue Department would be completed during this term.

The Revenue Department would have to be revamped as it had a key role in the implementation of the government policies and programmes—be it acquisition of lands for Jalayagnam or construction of houses under Indiramma.

Under the reforms, cities like Hyderabad and Visakhaptnam would be divided into revenue divisions depending on the size of the population, each headed by a tahsildar, to avoid congestion in revenue offices.

The land survey, which was taken up on an experimental basis in Nizamabad district, would be extended to five more districts.

The required staff would be appointed through direct recruitment or outsourcing.

Answering questions, Mr Rao made it clear that the distribution of cultivable lands to the landless poor would be continued to the last acre.

The Rajasekhara Reddy Government distributed more land during its earlier stint than that of all previous governments put together since Independence, the Minister said.


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