Shimla: The Himachal cabinet on today decided to amend the state land rules, amends the revenue act for speedier settlement of cases, repeal an act that was coming in the way of land transactions and decided to increase the ambit of land ceiling act by extending it to IT & BT parks, tourism units, religious organisations and those involved in education and sports sector.
With the High Court having questioned the basis of granting permission under section 118 of land to non-agriculturists in the state, the cabinet which met with chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in the chair approved Amendments in Rule 38-A(a)(2) of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reform Rules, 1975.
A cabinet spokesman said that it was done to bring in guidelines for ensuring that only eligible persons acquire land within strict limits and after due diligence so as to ensure it is used for the concerned purpose, plug loopholes resulting in excessive revenue loss, and curtail discretion.
The amendment would also ensure that persons living in the state from generations do not face problems in securing permissions for acquiring land for a dwelling unit or a shop.
These amended rules would provide relief to residents and outsiders, by clarifying where permissions can be granted and where they would be refused, the spokesman said.
The cabinet proposed to amend the HP Ceiling of Land Holding Act, 1972 and increase its ambit of activities by extending exemption from ceiling limit to IT Parks, BT Parks, Tourism Units, religious or spiritual organisations and bodies or organizations active in the sphere of education and sports.
The cabinet decided to repeal the HP Pre-Emption Act, 2010, as it was attracting widespread criticism for holding up transactions relating to sale of land.
To facilitate speedier disposal of revenue cases the cabinet decided to amend the HP Land Revenue Act, 1954.
The cabinet also allotted Rs 83 lakhs to the police department for installing CCTV systems and improving traffic systems.