HP govt decides not to amend Land law

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh government has decided not to make any amendments to Section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972. The state cabinet on Monday decided to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against high court order.

On September 23, a division bench of the high court had directed the government to make suitable amendments in the Act within a period of 90 days to facilitate the purchase any land (agricultural and non-agricultural) by the non-agriculturist Himachalis residing in the state for decades together prior to the date of commencement of the Act.

Sources said that in the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Virbhadra Singh it was decided that Section 118 would not be touched and no amendments in the existing act would be made. Cabinet decided that high court should be challenged in the Supreme Court. In the state, Himachalis who are not agriculturists cannot buy land and they have to seek permission from the government under Section 118 to buy land in the state.

During elections, permission granted under the section remains an issue in the state as it is being alleged that outsiders are allowed to buy land through such permissions. In its September 23 judgment, a division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur had said that there is perpetual litigation under Section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972.

Credits ET Realty

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