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Bagair hukum land regularisation process may get two-year extension

Assembly adopts Karnataka Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill

July 29, 2014 11:11 am | Updated 11:11 am IST - BANGALORE:

The Legislative Assembly on Monday adopted the Karnataka Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2014, which seeks to extend the deadline for disposing of the applications relating to regularisation of unauthorised cultivation of government lands under the bagair hukum scheme, by two years.

The Bill, piloted by Minister for Revenue V. Srinivas Prasad, states that about four lakh applications seeking regularisation of bagair hukum land are yet to be disposed of by the bagair hukum committees despite being given a 14-year timeframe to complete such a process. Now, these committees will get an extension of deadline of two years to complete the task. Explaining the importance of the Bill, Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa said poor farmers, who had been cultivating government land for several decades, would lose an opportunity to regularise their unauthorised cultivation as the time given for such a regularisation process had ended. It was necessary to amend Section 94 B of the Land Revenue Act to extend the tenure of bagair hukum committees to provide justice to them.

Expressing concern that bagair hukum committees were yet to be formed in some of the taluks, Mr. Thimmappa urged the Revenue Minister, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the legislators to personally supervise the process of formation of such committees.

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