ALLAYING fears about the Revenue Code Bill-2006 that the Vidhan Sabha passed with 30 amendments, Minister for Revenue Ambika Chaudhary announced here on Thursday that the State Government proposed to reform the Land Consolidation and the Land Ceiling Acts.
Chaudhary made these remarks in the Vidhan Sabha while participating in a debate on the Revenue Code Bill-2006. Chaudhary said the State Government had not touched the land consolidation and the land ceiling laws while bringing the Revenue Code Bill. The State Government would either bring a new law or add a new chapter to the Revenue Code Bill while reforming the land consolidation and the land ceiling laws.
Chaudhary said the Revenue Code Bill did not suggest curtailing powers of the Revenue Board or the rights of the Scheduled Caste. “We have strengthened the Revenue Board,” said Chaudhary adding that there was no question of weakening the Revenue Board as taking its powers always had an adverse impact on tax revenue system.
No changes were made in the provisions about the SC and the ST, said Chaudhary. He further said under the provisions of the code, the dalits would be allowed to sale their land to a non-dalit in areas under jurisdiction of any development authority.
Chaudhary said the collectors would be the final authority with regard to the land patta cases, and the district magistrates would have final say in mutation cases. Rules concerning the code would be finalised soon, he said. He added that with the passage of the Bill in the House, the work initiated by the late Charan Singh in 1970 was on the verge of completion.
The status of girls was elevated in the Bill, said Chaudhary adding that it was for the first time that a provision was made about land patta for the poor. The widows, disabled, and the destitute would be given the land patta on priority basis, he said.
Chaudhari said UP attained second position after Tamil Nadu in computerisation of revenue record. The ‘khatauni’ record would now include the caste and income details of farmers, he said.
Chaudhary further said that with this, the farmers would not have to run from pillar to post to get caste or income certificates. The State Government also proposed to introduce digitisation of maps that would indicate the length and breadth of the land plots. This would help bring down the revenue disputes by 50 per cent, he said.
Chaudhary said the village panchayats were being given more powers and they would be allowed to use 75 per cent of the panchayat funds while 25 percent would be transferred for use in rest of the district.