HC junks bar on ‘outsiders’ from owning farmland in Gujarat

The Gujarat High Court on Friday quashed a 1972 government circular that barred farmers from outside Gujarat to own land in the state as an agriculturist.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:June 23, 2012 5:52 am

The Gujarat High Court on Friday quashed a 1972 government circular that barred farmers from outside Gujarat to own land in the state as an agriculturist.

According to case details,in 2008,the then Kutch Collector had frozen the agriculture accounts of all the farmers from outside Gujarat who had settled there. In doing so,authorities relied on a 1972 circular of the state government under the provisions of the Kutch Area Tenancy Act and Gujarat Tenancy Act that prohibited any farmer from outside Gujarat to own agriculture land in Gujarat.

Aggrieved by this action,around 30 agriculturists,mostly from Punjab and Haryana who had settled in Kutch since generations,had approached the HC.

The petitioners’ counsel,S P Majmudar,said the full-bench of HC headed by acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya not only quashed the circular but also set aside the Kutch Collector’s decision to freeze agriculture accounts of the farmers while holding they were discriminatory.

Majmudar said the bench has also accepted their argument that India is a one country and any agriculturist from any part of the country can own agriculture land anywhere in India.

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