Implementation of Sec.79A and 79B of Karnataka Land Reforms Act.

Sl No 1175

Circular Number RD 94 LRM 38

Date 06/09/88

Section Land Reforms

Subject Implementation of Sec.79A and 79B of Karnataka Land Reforms Act.

No.RD 94 LRM 38 Karnataka Government Secretariat,
M.S.Building, III Stage, Vth Floor,
Bangalore, dated 9th June, 1988

Sub: Implementation of Sec.79A and 79B of Karnataka Land Reforms Act.
While inspecting some of the Taluka Offices in Bangalore District, the Special Cell in Revenue Department has observed that cases involving violations of Section 79A of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act were detected on the basis of entries made in the mutation registers and notices were accordingly issued to the parties asking them to file their declarations under section 79A(4). In many if these cases although the parties had not responded to the notices, and the Tahsildars have levied a penalty of Rs.500/- ex-parte and then forwarded the papers to Assistant Commissioner for taking further action under section 83 of the Act. At the Assistant Commissioner's level also ex-parte orders have been passed forfeiting the properties invloved in such cases in favour of the Government. At no level therefore has any authority taken due care to verify whether there is in fact any violation of the provisions of section 79A.

It is further observed that there is a good deal of confusion is understanding the relevant provisions of the Act. Section 79A(4) Stipulates that persons acquiring land in violation of the provisions of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act should declare the same to the Tahsildar. However the consequences of filing such a declaration are such as to act as a deterrent to this course of action. On the other hand at the time of registering the transaction itself the party should have filed a declaration to the effect that provisions of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act have not been violated therby keeping these aspect in view, all such cases should be dealt with under section 32 of the Act after examining the legality or otherwise of the transaction in the first instance. This examination should be done by the revenue Inspector/Shoristedar at the time of certifying the concerned mutation entry itself. Further more filing of the declaration should be insisted upon when the parties claim to have acquired the land by inher Thus the Revenue Inspector should maintain a separate register for recording all these illegal transactions and send a report every month of these fresh cases to the Tahsildar for appropriate action. He should also maintain a register showing the declaration. He should also maintain acquiring land by inheritance. The proformae for both these registers are given in the annexure.

It is observed that efforts have also not been made to identify the violations of section 79B of the Act. The Tahsildar should therefore prepare a list of all institutions and associations functioning in his taluks, village wise and verify whether they own any agricultural lands. If any of them are found to have not filed the prescribed declarations under section 79A(4) either before the Land Tribunal or Deputy Commissioner, a notice should promptly issued asking them to do the needful. After the declarations are filed, the Tahsildar should conduct an inquiry Under Rules 31 of the Karnataka Land Reforms Rules and send the papers to Deputy Commissioner for necessary action.

In certain cases it has been observed that when the Tahsildar issued notices to them to file declaration under saction 79A(4), the parties produced orders issued by the Assistant Commissioners granting them permission to purchase lands under section 80 of the karnataka Land Reforms Act. One of the conditions imposed while granting such permission was that the party must take up agriculture within a year and that if he gives up agriculture within 5 years, the land will vest in Government. Yet it is further observed that in many of such cases, the parties have succeeded in getting the lands converted for non-agricultural use immediately after the purchase in violation of the conditions imposed while granting the permission to purchase agricultural lands. Therefore, it is quite essential that the Assistant Commissioner maintains a register for recording all those cases where permissions are granted under section 80 of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act and closely watches the ulilizations of the land for the purpose for which permission is granted. If the land is not being used for the purpose for which permission was granted, the Assistant Commissioner should immediately proceed to cancel the said permission and resume the land to Government. The proforma for this register is also suggested in the annexure.

The lapous and discrupanclus pointed out above have accept in, in view of the fact that this particular item of work is not being maintained by superior officers like Assistant Commissioners/Deputy Commissioner/Divisional Commissioners and ther has been no proper guidance imparted to the Tahsildars and lower level officers in this respect. By not inspecting this item of work mistakes committed un-wittingly go corrected and cases which are deliberately committed remain undetected.

It is felt that many more such lapses and discrepancius are likely to surface if detailed inspections are carried out in all the Districts. The Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners and therefore requested to see that the above observations are duly noted and these instructions are carried out faithfully by all concerned, by making the scrutiny of these registers and the follow up action taken thereon a regular part of their inspection programmes from now onwards.

Revenue Commissioner.

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