Himachal Pradesh: Amendment Bill to cease misuse, sale of tea property land despatched to pick committee

A invoice introducing an modification in The Himachal Pradesh Ceiling on Land Holdings Act,1972, looking for to curbing misuse of switch and use of land meant for tea estates has been forwarded to the choose committee following objections by each the ruling occasion members and the opposition within the Vidhan Sabha.

During the dialogue within the House, Congress member Ashish Butail, CPI(M)’s Rakesh Singa and BJP’s Arun Kumar opposed the modification and urged that the invoice be despatched to the choose committee.

Butail mentioned that the difficulty is pending within the Supreme Court and the House ought to await the listening to’s consequence. “Many tea owners do not have enough land to build their houses and some have very small chunks of land. These families should have the right to retain the permissible portion of the tea garden for other usage. The government can bring an amendment for those owners who have land above the permissible limit,” Butail added.

Rakesh Singha too mentioned that the federal government should not hand over its proper to allow different utilization of the tea gardens.

Arun Kumar mentioned that in his constituency many households had little or no land. Some had bought the land and constructed homes within the tea gardens. “If this amendment bill is passed, such properties will become benami,” he added.

Butail and Arun Kumar urged the federal government {that a} committee should be constituted wherein all legislators from tea backyard areas should be included.

After the dialogue, Revenue Minister Mahender Singh knowledgeable the House that the federal government is sending the modification invoice to the choose committee .

Thakur on Tuesday had launched the invoice within the House. In the invoice, it was said that at current Sections 6-a and 7-a of the Act present for the change of land use and switch of land underneath a tea property, respectively, with the prior permission of the federal government.

“It has been observed that the land under tea estates has been invariably used for purposes other than tea plantation or have been transferred by way of sale by resorting to these provisions, which is against the spirit and intentions of the legislation. In order to address the issue, a high-powered committee was constituted, which included members of the Legislative Assembly from all political parties,” the income minister had mentioned, including that based mostly on committee’s suggestions it was determined to make appropriate amendments to discourage the change of land use and switch of land underneath tea estates thereof by means of sale.


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