Governor returns land revenue bill

Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa informed the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that Governor H R Bhardwaj had returned a land revenue Bill for reconsideration.

The Bill, passed by both houses of legislature during the BJP regime in December last year, proposed to regularise unauthorised houses built by the poor on government revenue land in urban areas. The Karnataka Land Revenue (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012, provided for regularisation of unauthorised houses built prior to January 1, 2012, on 20 x30 ft sites of government land coming under the purview of the Revenue department. In Bangalore, the Bill provided for regularisation of houses built on revenue land within 18 km area of the BBMP limits.

The Governor has returned the Bill for reconsideration by both the houses stating that “unabated regularisation of unauthorised construction in government land would directly lead to encroachment of government land by land-grabbers”. In his observation sent to the government in March, Bhardwaj stated: “The amendment will cause severe inroads into the lofty principles such as the rule of law, equality before law, due process, majesty of law, dignity of courts, inalienable fundamental rights and directive principles which are enshrined in the Constitution”.

“The amendment Bill does not serve any public good or social cause. On the other hand, it may lead to illegal grabbing of government land,” Bhardwaj has stated in his message.

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