Title deeds to 728 persons at Uddur Kaval

Title deeds to 728 persons at Uddur Kaval

After nearly four decades of uncertainity, title deeds will be issued to 728 persons, who were sanctioned 1,258 acre of land, at Uddur Kaval, Rathnagiri, Hunsur taluk in 1975.

Revenue Minister, V Srinivas Prasad said that a cabinet decision regarding the same was taken on Wednesday and title deeds will be issued, after charging a nominal fee for the farmers.

According to sources, the land was allotted during the tenure of D Devraj Urs as Chief Minister of the State. The land was sanctioned for agricultural purposes under a cooperative model. However, the cooperative eventually disintegrated and the farmers continued to cultivate the land.

Even though they could cultivate the land, the farmers were not eligible to receive facilities such as bank loans, as they did not possess title deeds for the land.

Prasad said that after the land was sanctioned in the 1970s, there had been repeated demands to issue title deeds for these farmers. A representation was also submitted to the State government by Hunsur MLA, H P Manjunth, requesting to issue title deeds to the marginalised farmers. Acting on it, the decision was taken, he said.

“There was ambiguity regarding the amount to be fixed for regularising land during the rule of the previous governments. However, they could not fix a value for the land, even though there were suggestions of fixing Rs 1 to 1.5 lakh for an acre of land,” he said.

However, considering the condition of the farmers, who own an acre or two of land on average, the State decided to charge a fees of Rs 8,000 per acre for dry land and Rs 10,000 for an acre of irrigated land, he said.