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Uttaranchal dilutes Land Ordinance

By Our Staff Correspondent
The Hindu, Saturday, Dec 06, 2003

DEHRA DUN DEC. 5. The Uttaranchal Cabinet has watered down the provisions of the controversial Land Ordinance. Now the Ordinance, to become an Act during the coming Assembly session, will not be applicable to urban areas and anyone can purchase up to 500 square metres of land for residential purposes.

Disclosing this after a Cabinet meeting, the Chief Secretary, R S Tolia, and Principal Secretary, Revenue, N. S. Napalchyal, said curbs on sale and purchase of agriculture land had been toned down. Now, a person willing to buy agriculture land would be able to do so after getting the required permission from the District Magistrate and giving an affidavit that the said land would be used for agricultural purposes only. In case of a violation, the said land can be seized by the Government…

The Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party have described the amendments to the Ordinance as a clear attempt to help the extra rich at the cost of the common man. ” It would have been better if the Chief Minister, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, had introduced a land bill in the Assembly and then sought the constitution of an all party Legislative sub- committee to go into it’s merits and demerits so that a land law fulfilling the aspirations of Uttaranchalis could be framed”, the former Speaker and BJP MLA, Prakash Pant, said.