Shimla: Cabinet sub-committee headed by revenue minister Thakur Gulab Singh Thakur on Monday recommended relaxation of state land rules by permitting purchase of residential plots for eminent persons.
By proposing an amendment in the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Rules, 1975, the cabinet sub-committee that the residential plots should be of minimum 150 square meters and maximum of 500 square meters.
Other ministers on the cabinet sub-committee which included IPH minister Ravinder Singh Ravi, industry minister Kishan Kapoor and rural development minister Jai Ram Thakur along with Gulab Singh also recommended giving relief to the bonafide Himachalis residing in the state for generations to buy residential and commercial plots in committee areas without obtaining any permission.
The sub-committee has proposed that the bonafide Himachali may be liberally given permission to purchase land in rural areas. It also recommended that Padma Shri and gallantry award winners be allowed to purchase residential plots in the state.
The revenue minister said that sub-committee has also proposed uniform rate for lease value. For land lease for 99 years the rates would be enhanced by five percent every five years whereas for land leased for 40 years the rates would be enhanced by 3.5 percent every five years, he said.
It was also proposed that for industries, tourism, hydel projects, educational institutions, Information Technology/Bio Technology units and religious purposes, the concerned department would make specific mention in issuing of an essentiality certificate that the proposed land was appropriate for the purpose and proposed activities could not be done in a lesser area.
This has been done to ensure optimum use of land in the state and no changes or amendments have been proposed in Section 118. Only minor changes have been proposed in the Tenancy and Land Reforms Rules in order to make it more stringent and realistic, said Thkur Gulab Singh.
Recommendations of the sub-committee are to be placed before the cabinet in its next meet.