The Gujarat High Court has suggested that the state government review its policy on gauchar (pastoral) land to make it practical and workable.
The suggestion came from a division bench of HC comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala,which was recently hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a few agriculturists from Banaskantha district over the alleged allotment of gauchar land to some persons. The bench has dismissed the PIL.
If the government itself is not able to follow its own policy or strictly adhere to it,it is meaningless to keep such a policy subsisting thereby giving rise to litigations in the nature of a public interest, the bench said,noting that number of litigations pertaining to gauchar land has been alarming for some time now.
It is high time that the state government takes this issue seriously and evolve a policy which is workable,practical and would protect the interests of one and all, the court said.
…we suggest to the state government to review its resolutions passed in this regard from time to time and amend them accordingly, it said.