Uttarakhand HC Strikes Down Land Ceiling Law
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The Uttarakhand High Court today struck down the much-contentious land reforms in the state under which outsiders were prohibited to buy more than 250 sq m of agriculture land.

A division bench of Chief Justice Barin Ghosh and Justice U C Dhyani said all the citizens of the country would now be able to purchase up to 12.5 acres of agriculture land in the state under the Land Ceiling Act.

"Following this judgement any person who is a citizen of India can purchase 12.5 acres of agricultural land in Uttarakhand which is also the permissible limit under the Land Ceilings Act," said V K Kohli, counsel of petitioner Jaswant Singh.

Singh had contended that the existing land laws were discriminatory against the residents of Uttarakhand as any person who was not possessing any agriculture land before the Act came into being in 2003 was not eligible to buy more than 250 sq meters of land.

Ever since the new land reforms came in Uttarakhand, the move had put a spanner on the realty business in the state.
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Oct 21, 2011
08:35 AM

 I am happy that a stay has been granted by the Supreme Court.This is just the beginning of along legal battle.Uttarakhand must lobby hard to get a nod by the Cabinet  for the amendments.Incompetent legal advisors must be sacked forthwith.

Lt Gen Dr Mohan Bhandari, RANIKHET
Oct 20, 2011
05:50 PM

 Uttarakhand is destined to suffer ! In 11 years,it has its sixth Chief Minister.There is crisis in leadership & the state has been reeling under dismal governance.The very identity & existence of the Hill State was earlier threatened when no political party could rise up to resist to the Delimitation Act.It may be recalled that out of the three states that were carved out, Jharkhand did not opt for demlimitation, for whatever the reason ! Even some of the NE States did not opt for the Act.Now, with the recent High Court decision, the very existence of Uttarakhand has become doubtful.In the recent census, all hill districts have shown a remarkable low in the population, whereas  the plain districts are bursting in seams.With the next census due in 2021, it is bound to affect the demographic pattern adversely.The State Ordinance 2003 inserting sub sections 3,4 & 5 to Section 154 of the UP Act & addition of Section 129 -B was without Cabinet approval as was done by the Himachal Pradesh.It is a pointer to the lack of vision of the political leadership &  incompetence  of  the then Advocate General & his legal advisors.Uttarakhand is a sensitive state with China & Pakistan bordering it.Both nation states have a dubious record .Scores of Chinese & Nepalis have reportedly settled on the state borders & there is little check in the Terai region - the boundaries being porous.Criminals,smugglers, ISI agents & other unscrupulous elements have entered the state.Mass scale poaching continues unabated with skins of tigers & leopards with their bones & other parts finding their way to China via Nepal.Under such circumstances, the limited agricultural land of Uttarakhand is now totally threatened.While the aims, objectives & reasons of the 2003 Ordinance were well drafted, the implementation part & loopholes were sufficient enough resons for the High Court Bench to strike it down. Was it to help  influential people to get agricultural land in connivance with political bosses & babus ? It is doubtful whether the then Advocate General did not have enough competence to advise the then Chief Minister that the Ordinance required Cabinet approval ! Even while arguing the case, the present Advocate General failed to convince the High Court Bench to see the ground realities & sensitivities of the state.It is a irreparable damage unless expeditious action is taken by the present Chief Minister to direct, without any further delay, concerned quarters to file an appeal in the Supreme Court & obtain a stay.The 5 MPs must unite & help in obtaining  Cabinet approval as per the procedure.The concept ,perception & aspirations of  people to seek prosperity in  a state of their own ,as it is,have become doubtful.Must the Dev Bhumi , Veer Bhumi & Kala Bhumi continue to suffer !!

Lt Gen Dr Mohan Bhandari, RANIKHET
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