Speaker K G Bopaiah announced that the President of India has given his assent to the Third Amendment of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.
Bopaiah read out the official notification issued by the Department of Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation, Government of Karnataka. The notification said that the Amendment Bill was sent to the President as it included tenures like Jamma Bane privileged, Jamma Bane unprivileged and Umbli land in Kodagu district. It will be implemented from Saturday, he added.
It may be recalled that so far these tenures were categorised under forest land coming under the Government of India. But, the ownership comes only when it comes under revenue assessment.
To eradicate the confusion over absolute ownership on these lands in possession in Kodagu, the state government had placed the Amendment Bill which was passed in the Assembly. It was sent for the consent of the Governor. However, the Governor refused to sign it and sent it to the President for ratification. The Governor felt the ‘Jamma Bane’ and other land tenures have forest-like characteristics where ownership is restricted. The Governor clarified that since forest land comes under the Central list, he sent it to the President.
People in Kodagu holding Jamma Bane land heaved a sigh of relief as they can now get ownership of their lands. It may be recalled that the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 Section 80 and 2, made a few amendments as per the wish of the people of Kodagu.