Govt Land, Kept Unused for 3 Years, Can be Resumed
Aug 22, 2013
Source : The New Indian Express


BHUBANESWAR: The As­sembly on Wednesday passed the Odisha Govern­ment Land Settlement (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Industrial Disputes (Od­isha Amendment) Bill, 2013 by a voice vote.

After the amendment, the authority will be able resume the land if the allottee keeps the land vacant for more than three years from the date of allotment.


The Act provides resumption of land and imposition of penalty where the authority has reasons to believe that the person with whom the land was settled has used the land for purpose other than that for which it Was allotted

The proposed amendment will not be ap­plicable to landless and homesteadless persons

Introducing the Bill for amendment to the Odisha Government Land Settle­mentAct 1962, Revenue and Disaster Management Min­ister S N Patro said changes in the law were required as it is silent on cases where the allottees have reasons to jus­tify the non-use of the land settled in their favour.

The Minister said the Gov­ernment land settled in favour of any organisation, institution, authority or de­partment cannot be resumed if fallen vacant for indefinite period. The Act provides re­sumption of land and imposi­tion of penalty where the authority has reasons to be­lieve that the person with whom the land was settled has used the land for purpose other than that for which it was allotted. However, the existing law is silent on cases where a person does not use the land for indefinite period. But now the land can be re­sumed after three years.

Since immediate use of the land after commence­ment of the amended Act is not feasible, the new law will provide another three years to the allottee for use of the land for the purpose for which it was allotted, he said.

However, the proposed amendment will not be ap­plicable to landless and homesteadless persons.




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