The Karnataka government, on October 28, 2017, notified the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act 2016, after getting the nod from the president of India. The government is now planning to frame rules soon, for the timely implementation of the amendments that aim to give agri-labourers rights over houses built on land not belonging to them prior to January 1, 1979, Congress legislator K Shivamurthy Nayak said.
The move will benefit 62,000 unrecorded inhabitants like Lambani Tanda, Gollarahatti, Vaddarahatti, Kurubarhatti, Nayakarahatti, Majare Grama, Haadi, Doddi, Palya, Camp, Colony, among others. “The landmark Act has been notified. Rules will be framed soon, so that it is implemented in a time-bound manner,” SC (Scheduled Castes) and ST (Scheduled Tribes) Welfare Legislature Committee chairman, Shivamurthy announced, after meeting the Congress party chief in this regard.
A separate fund will be set aside for providing basic amenities like roads, public transport and drinking water, once the inhabitants come under the revenue record, he said, adding that the required budget for this purpose will be decided in the next session of the state legislature.
Neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, have shown interest to replicate this in their states, he added.
As per the Act, the government will give a certificate of ownership to those agri-labourers, who are ‘ordinarily’ residing in houses built on a land not belonging to them, prior to January 1, 1979. The eligible labourers will have to register as owners of the house, within a year from the date of commencement of the Act. They will be compensated in cash and the state will not incur extra expenditure for this.