GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government on the Kutchi new year announced a new policy for regularizing excess land holdings in Kutch district. Under the new policy, lands found to be up to 20% more than that mentioned in records will be regularized by charging one time jantri rate. In case, the land holding is more than 20% in excess of size mentioned in records, double the jantri rate will be charged to regularize it.
Due to earlier irregularities in the land survey, several cases of excess land holdings have come to light in Kutch. The government has now decided to regularize all excessive land holdings by charging premium.
The district collector will decide on regularizing land whose value is up to Rs 15 lakh. For bigger land pieces, the final decision will be taken by the state government. Under the new policy, the land holding would be settled after recovering 20% of the increased area as premium, keeping intact prevailing conditions concerning thoroughfare roads or bunds.
Moreover, the jantri rates of all original land holdings in all rural areas, including nagarpalikas, will be decided after deducting 20% of the increased area at the prevailing rates.
In addition, the process is being decentralized empowering the collector to settle 40% of total area with financial limit of Rs 15 lakh (or four acres of land). The idea is to quickly solve the problems of small farmers and land holders.