The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft of Himachal Pradesh Lease Rules, 2013 under which government land will be provided on lease basis only when no alternate private land was available for self-employment to ex-servicemen, war widows and BPL families.
It has also been proposed to lease out government land for construction of residential house by landless Himachalis or for the rehabilitation for sufferers of natural calamities. It has been proposed that the encroached government land will not be leased to the encroacher but it could be leased out to any eligible person or institutions after ejecting the encroacher.
The maximum area required for a specific purpose will be certified by the department concerned under which the activity for which lease of government land is sought, falls. Such maximum area will be subject to provisions of HP Ceiling on Land Holdings Act, 1972.
Departments will have to fix their norms to ascertain the eligibility of lessee to undertake the proposed activity, the necessity of activity and extent of area required for the purpose. Before granting government land on lease basis, no objections of estate right holders will be obtained and state government will have power to grant lease for a period as it deems fit. It has been proposed to calculate lease amount per annum @ 10 per cent of circle rates notified by district Collector.