Alvara land holders given another 12 months to apply for rights
Posted by: nt November 10, 2018 in Goa News
PANAJI: In a major relief to the affected farmers, the state government on Friday extended the time period to apply for land rights under Alvara by another 12 months.
Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte said that after consultation with the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the government has given its ‘in principle approval’ to extend the time period by one year; the six-month time period ended on November 9.
“We are not here to take away the rights of the farmers; the intention is to just make farmers follow legal formalities and the land rights will be given to them which they never got despite having the possession of the Alvara land,” said Khaunte, while addressing a press conference at the state Secretariat.
Stating that few individuals were misleading the farmers that government was taking away their land, he urged them not to fall prey to such rumours and asked them to go through the Act and get clarification from his department on any issue.
“As comptroller and auditor general report revealed that in Alvara property the land was mutated to private people in spite of government holding, the government amended the Land Revenue Code to help farmers to get their rights over the land,” he stated.
Commenting on the demand of reducing the amount to Rs 1 from Rs 5 for per square metre of land for regularisation, Khaunte said, “Rs 5 for per square metre of land is a very nominal fee as of 1971 for people to apply for class II occupancy.”
He said the government will organise special sessions to spread awareness about the Land Revenue Code in certain areas so that the land holders get clarity on the stand of the government and also understand the different procedures that are required to be followed while applying for the land rights.
He said around 250 applications are under process, while the government has estimated around 7,000 farmers across Goa who are entitled to land rights under Alvara.
“We have formed a committee under retired civil service officer N D Agarwal to examine the Alvara issue including the updation of records of rights. We are expecting them to complete the task by February and by that time they should be able to give the updated list of the records of rights as far as Alvara holdings are concerned,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane along with the elected representative of local bodies in Sattari taluka had petitioned Khaunte seeking more time for farmers to fulfil the criteria laid down by the government to apply for land rights under Alvara.
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