Karnataka allows all to buy, own farmland


Bengaluru, Jul 14 (IANS): Karnataka has made changes to the Land Reforms Act 1961 through an ordinance to allow non-agriculturists to buy and own farmland for farming, according to an official here on Tuesday.

"The Land Reforms Act has been amended through an ordinance and notified after Governor Vajubhai R Vala gave his assent to it on Monday night," a Revenue Department official told IANS.

It now permits non-farmers to buy farmland and grow food crops. But they cannot use it for other activities.

"Sections 79 A, B and C of the Act have been repealed, paving way for bona fide citizens to invest in farmland and take to farming as a hobby, passion or additional occupation, which is rewarding," the official said.

The amended Act will enable the state to attract investment in the farm sector and boost food output. The farm sector's contribution to the state's gross domestic product (GDP) has been less than the manufacturing and services sectors over the last two decades.

Criticism by farmers, the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) since the cabinet approved changes on June 11 forced the state government to retain section 80 of the Act, with an amendment, to prevent the sale of the dam water irrigated farmland.

"The ordinance has also added a new section (80A), which says relaxations under the Act will not apply to land given to farmers under the Karnataka SC and ST Act 1978," the official said.

The changes permit mortgage of farmland only to the state-run institutions, firms, cooperative societies as specified in the Act. The ordinance also makes legal cases pending in courts against the sections amended redundant as the new Act addresses the concerns raised in them.

"Besides generating substantial revenue for the state government, the Act will now allow farmers who find the occupation non-remunerative and risky due to droughts/floods and labour shortage to sell their surplus land to urban buyers," the official said.

Hundreds of people who have been in diverse professions, like a business, services, manufacturing, hospitality, education, health and teaching, will get an opportunity to take to farming and serve the nation.

Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Rajya Sabha member K C Ramamurthy from Bengaluru said the amended Act would allow any citizen to buy farmland.

"Though hundreds of people petitioned successive governments for 45 years to abolish the 'draconian' sections, they were ignored. I compliment chief minister B S Yediyurappa and Revenue Minister R Ashok for the decision to allow everyone to buy farmland irrespective of their occupation or profession," Ramamurthy had told IANS.

 

 

  

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  • Shaktan, Kudla

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    a government with history of obsessions with land does same during a pandemic

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  • Rakesh, Darbhanga

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    It is sensible decision by government.
    As lots of people like me who is from non agriculturist back ground will be able to purchase farmland to utilize it for the welfare of Self as well as Society. Which we will be seen in coming days as the Future is Agriculture, if we honour our land and in return Our mother land will honour us as productivity. Which we will realize soon.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    This will be the biggest conspiracy and rich people take maximum advantage of this scheme to avoid the taxes !!! again the NORMAL people affected by this kind of laws.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    In what way? I am a non agriculturist and interested in buying a little land and pursuing my hobby of wanting to grow fruit and vegetables. What is wrong with that?

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  • Save my India, India.

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Gurka,
    Pls elaborate your statement!!!

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    The land reform act was brought to give land to the people who work on the farm for the whole life but never had any authority to own it.

    Now the land will be sold to the people who have money and the same people who were owners will become the servants. We will be again going back to the old landlord system where moneyed people will force people to sell the land and once one person sells they will pressurize the neighbors to sell the same to them.

    This is what happened with the land mafia who took part in the land from one of the owners' children and then forced children to sell it to them at a cheaper price.

    There is no clause that they should do farming. Buy land and build a farmhouse for retirement and when the surrounding develops sell it. This is what happened with the NICE highway on the Bangalore- Mysore road. Ultimate the rich and politicians were the beneficiaries. The government will get their sale deed tax as they are not getting anything now.

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Government should grant loans to buy agricultural land...

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    They can buy farmland, but cannot use it for other activities… “this is the first step”

    Just wait and see .. .. soon one more Act. Will come out .. “Saying that farmers land can be used only so and so activities”…
    and it will go on and on …………..and at end it will be utilized for commercial/ residence etc etc …..

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    This will further bring down farmland prices and increase existing farmers misery and decease sale price of thier crop. With this new law how can they repay the farm loan. Is govt helping existing farmers on this issue???????...Or govt itself buys thier land when the price falls???????....

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  • Ishwar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    With more number of buyers, demand will be more and land price has to go up. But you say land price will come down please explain how ?

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    It works on Supply and Demand principles of economics. More the supply lesser the demand and price and vice versa.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    I guess one can buy farmland to cultivate & build a farmhouse in one corner of the Plot ...

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  • Chandra, Surathkal

    Wed, Jul 15 2020

    Please read the whole news column again and then comment!

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    They can buy farmland, but cannot use it for other activities. Perfect.

    We don't fake farmers who buy farmland and build commercial complexes. There are several farming households where old parents died without being able to retain their land that they pledged to educate their children. Those very children are too keen on buying farmland in their parents' memory.

    Please do, people, there no better service than serving our motherland. Cultivate, flourish and be happy.

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  • Peter, mangalore

    Tue, Jul 14 2020

    Thank you

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