Agriculture Land Ceiling: Bill sent to Centre, other eight get Gujarat Governor’s nod

Agricultural Land Ceiling Act, 1960, restricts a person from owning agricultural land beyond a certain limit and it further empowers government to acquire surplus land from such owners.

Gandhinagar | Published: September 17, 2015 4:47 am

Gujarat Governor O P Kohli has forwarded the controversial Gujarat Agriculture Land Ceiling (Amendment) Bill, 2015, to the Centre even as he cleared eight other bills passed during the monsoon session of the Assembly in August. While this Bill was passed in the Assembly by the majority vote, amid the absence of Congress MLAs who were suspended, the Congress had recently met Kohli and requested not to clear the Bill.

According to the Congress, while the old law was intended to take the surplus land from big landlords and allot it to cattle breeder, landless persons, farm labourers and farmers, with small land holdings, the amended law intended to transfer the land to the urban bodies first and then sell it out to industrialists and builders. Agricultural Land Ceiling Act, 1960, restricts a person from owning agricultural land beyond a certain limit and it further empowers government to acquire surplus land from such owners.

The Gujarat Agricultural Land Ceiling (Amendment) Bill proposes to enable the government to provide its surplus agricultural land for industrial purpose to industrial houses and for public use related to urbanisation to urban local bodies. Currently, the government could allot the surplus farm land only for agricultural use.

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    Pradeep
    Sep 17, 2015 at 8:38 am
    Bach ke kahan jaaoge.....This way or that way, I will get your land. If not the Land acquisition Bill way, then this way of distributing surplus agricultural land - not to poor farmers, but to "poor" industrialists. Path forward for all others - hail Gujarat (Modi) model of land grab.
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