Bill to deal land grab with iron hands

Bill to deal land grab with iron hands

Cabinet to recommend to Guv to promulgate ordinance

Announcing the Cabinet decision to reporters, Higher Education Minister V S Acharya said the bill also proposes criminal action against those involved in grabbing government land and imprisonment up to three years as punishment.

The State Legislature had passed the Karnataka Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill in 2007. But the Governor had forwarded it to the President of India for her assent. After a delay of four years, the Human Resource Development Ministry of the Centre returned the bill to the State government in March this year with a suggestion to bring properties coming under Wakfs and Hindu Religious Endowment Act under the ambit of the bill.

The Cabinet therefore decided to withdraw the 2007 bill and bring in a new bill, incorporating suggestions made by the Centre.

The bill assumes significance in the light of cases of alleged illegal denotification of government land against former chief ministers - B S Yeddyurappa and H D Kumaraswamy - and many MLAs.

Stone Crushers Bill

Governor H R Bhardwaj on Thursday promulgated the Karnataka Regulation of Stone Crushers Bill, 2011 to prevent damage being caused to the environment by stone crushing units in the State.

The Karnataka High Court had set September 10 as the deadline for the government to come out with a policy to regulate stone crushing activities. The HC had asked the government to identify safer zones to locate the units and had laid certain guidelines in identifying safer zones.