Govt to bring amendment to Deemed Forest Act

Govt to bring amendment to Deemed Forest Act

The state government intends to bring an amendment to the Deemed Forest Act to exclude privilege lands from the Act, Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa said.

He was chairing a review meeting related to Dakshina Kannada district at DC’s office here on Thursday.

The minister said that the proposal for amendment has been approved by a Cabinet Sub-committee. Though Devarakadu, Soppinabetta, Jamma Bane, Kana, Bana, Kumki and other privilege lands come under the Revenue Department as per Section 79(2), they  were later included in the Deemed Forest Act, he added.

He said that he has given directions to officials to solve the issue of Bagair Hukum lands in three to four months.

Thimmappa said that he has discussed the matter of the formation of new taluks, including Moodbidri, with the chief minister and has requested him to include it in the budget.

Expressing disappointment over the pending of 4,973 applications in Bantwal taluk under 94B of Land Revenue Act, Thimmappa directed Bantwal tahsildar Purandar Hegde to clear them soon. Significantly, a large number of files are pending in Belthangady and Puttur as well, he said and directed the tahsildars of all taluks to set the target for the revenue Inspectors to dispose of the pending applications. “If there is no progress in the next two months, I will take serious action,” he warned the officials.

Thimmappa told the tahsildars to provide cultivation chits to the eligible farmers after conducting a survey.

Also, under 94C, panchayat development officers and village accountants should conduct a joint survey to provide Record of Rights to the eligible people. Steps should be taken to provide RTCs at the respective gram panchayats. If the people have built houses in the government land and have applied under 94C, it should be allotted to them, he said.

During the review of the relief measures for endosulfan victims, District Health Officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao said the district has 2,998 endosulfan victims and a monthly compensation of Rs 78.69 lakh is being provided to them. There has been a demand for a 100-bed permanent rehabilitation centre. A five acre land has been identified in Alangar. Two temporary day care centres and four mobile care centres are operating in the district. There are physiotherapy centres in all five taluks, he said. The minister said that he will speak to the health minister in this connection.

Deputy Commissioner Dr K G Jagadeesha said that an amendment into the Land Reforms Act has been proposed to the government towards the allocation of DC Manna lands only to persons belonging to SC/ST. Another amendment has been sought by the district administration towards giving the power to the Deputy Commissioner to allocate land to ex-servicemen.