IN A bid to rope in revenue, the state is trying to embibe a more ‘business-friendly’ approach, especially with the Revenue Department’s recent order to clear as quickly as possible the non-agricultural (NA) permissions for land meant for industrial use, which have been pending at district collectorate offices in the state.
The non-agricultural permission is sought by persons who own agricultural land and who for some reasons, may want to convert their land to non-agricultural land for industrial use or for residential purpose.
Following this government resolution, the chief minister has issued directives to all the collectorates to create data banks and special cells in the offices to speed up the processes to grant NA permissions.
In the district, the applications under the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (MLRC) 42 (a) for the city areas received by the District Collectorate were 1,333 and those cleared have been 713 proposals. For the rural areas, MLRC section 44 (C), received 1,675 applications, of which, only 537 have been cleared over a period of more than one year.
“With the revenue minister announcing speedier clearance, the rules will be followed accordingly. Class-I land can be cleared without any hassle as it is a clear land without any restriction, while Class-II land is either watan land or any other that may have some restrictions,” said senior district officials. Interestingly in the district, there are 2.42 lakh hectares of agricultural land in the city areas and 4.56 lakh hectares of agricultural land in rural areas.
According to the new GR, a committee under the additional collector will look into these permissions. The applicant needs to apply to the panel for information on reservations on the land where the industry is to be set up and the information is to be provided within a month.
The applicant need not get a no-objection certificate from any department and once, the applicant sets up his/her business, he has to intimate the office of the tehsildar or talathi who will grant the sanad or deed within 60 days. Officials said that the entire purpose of making things simpler is to push for the ease of doing business in the state, especially since industrialists have been complaining that there there have been several hurdles in terms of permissions to be obtained.
Mostly, while applying for concessions in NA certificate, people are confused about whom to approach regarding decision on whether the land falls under Class-I or Class-II, the new GR will make it mandatory for the officials to furnish the details of classification of land within 30 days of receiving the application and the land under Class-I won’t need its status to be changed to NA.
Senior officials from the mantralaya said that where the land is classified as Class-II, the applicant will still be able to get the NOC from the district collector within 30 days by paying the fees prescribed under the rules and the NOC will do away with the need to transfer the land to NA category.