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Bill introduced to abolish landlord rights over evacuee properties

Comments Off on Bill introduced to abolish landlord rights over evacuee properties   |   March 8, 2014    01:41pm   |Contributed by manoja

PANAJI: The Goa (Abolition of proprietorships, titles and grants of lands) bill, 2014, was introduced in the Goa legislative assembly on Wednesday for abolishing the rights of the landlords over the evacuee properties that were acquired from the Portuguese government.

The long-pending demand of residents of evacuee properties including at Mayem to abolish the proprietary rights of the landlords may finally see the light of the day with the government tabling the bill to fullfill its promise.

The bill seeks to allow compensation to the person whose property rights will be abolished but are not re-granted to them. But, exact compensation payable therefore cannot be qualified at this stage, the bill mentioned. Importantly, the bill states that all such lands which are presently vested in the custodian of evacuee property, as a ‘evacuee property’ under the Goa, Daman and Diu administration of evacuee property act, 1964, including properties and lands in Mayem, Bicholim, Cuncolim, Siolim or in any part of Goa shall stand transferred to and vest in the government of Goa, free from all encumbrances, mortgage, debt, or charge of any kind.

The bill has been initiated because the government ‘considers it expedient’ that proprietorship rights held by few proprietors from the former Portuguese government/regime should be abolished and lands which are under the personal cultivation of these proprietors or on which they have built houses, should be re-granted to them on occupancy basis. Similarly, lands which are cultivated by tenants should be re-granted to them on occupancy basis. Uncultivated lands, pasture lands or grasslands will vest in the government so that the government will be in a position to put such uncultivated land to more fruitful use, etc. The bill seeks to bring about this land reform’.

“Once the lands vest with the government of Goa, the following lands shall be deemed to have been re-granted to the proprietor ; homesteads, buildings and structure together with lands appurtenant thereto in the occupation of the proprietor or title-holder but excluding those which are in the possession of a cultivating tenant or mundkar, as the case may be. Also, land under the personal cultivation of the proprietor or title-holder not being pasture or grass lands,” the bill elaborates.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Bill-introduced-to-abolish-landlord-rights-over-evacuee-properties/articleshow/31497174.cms

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