Herald: Cabinet approves amendment to Land Revenue Act
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Cabinet approves amendment to Land Revenue Act

15 Feb 2018 06:13am IST

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15 Feb 2018 06:13am IST

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Occupant to pay five percent of land market rate as premium for re-classification from Class II to Class I occupant

PANJIM: The State Cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to the Goa Land Revenue (Disposal of Government Lands) Act, wherein the occupant will have to pay an amount equal to five percent of the market rate of the land as premium for re-classification from Class II to Class I occupant.

The amendment comes following suggestions and objections from the people to the draft rules published on December 20, 2016. A three-member committee was constituted by the government to examine these suggestions.

“It is stated that no rule prescribing the premium as provided under section 24 sub-section (4) was made till date. As such, the grantees of the government land, who were class II occupants, faced difficulties in case they desired to upgrade their grant to Class I, so as to use the land as occupant Class I free from all restrictions,” the cabinet note states. 

The committee had further proposed changes to the draft rules and accordingly the proposal was moved to the Cabinet.

Accordingly, the government has inserted new rule 47 as per which the occupant will have to pay 5 percent of the fair market value of the land as prevailing on the date of application.

The premium payable may be paid in two equal installments, however, the second installments shall be paid within a period of two years from the date of payment of first installment, failing which the part premium paid shall be forfeited to the government and the order of reclassification will not be issued in favour of the occupant.

“The land records shall be mutated only after payment of full amount of the premium,” the amendment states. 
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