Important Excerpts Of Tamil Nadu Land Reforms – Act 1961 You Must be Aware Before Buying a Land

Land Reforms

The Tamil Nadu Land Reforms (Fixation Of Ceiling On Land) Act 1961 Came Into Force On 6.4.1960. According To This, The Maximum Extent That One Family Of Five Members Could Hold Was Fixed As 30 (Thirty) Standard Acres. It is one of the laws which brought reform in the property rights of owners.

For Every Additional Member In The Family, Additionally Five Standard Acre Was Allowed Subject To A Maximum Of 60 (Sixty) Standard Acres.

Note: Roads, Channels, And Drainage Channels In Cultivated Lands Used For The Agricultural Purposes Should Not Be Treated As Non-Agricultural Land. Lands Held By State / Central Government Any State / Central Governments Under Takings Or Local Authority.

Held By Universities.

Assigned To Land Colonization Co-Operative Society.

Exempted Under Section 37-A (Industrial / Commercial Organisation) As Long As The Exemption Is In Force.

Permitted Under Section 37-B (Public Trust) As Long As The Permission Continues.

Where Plantations As The Date Of Commencement Of The Act Are Contained.

Containing Orchard, Topes, Or Arcanut Gardens Whether Continuous Or Not.

Used Exclusively For Growing Fuel (On The Date Of Commencement Of Act).

The Authorized Officer Shall Conduct Enquirer And Consider All Aspects Giving The Land Owner An Opportunity To Put Forth His Claims. He Shall Then Decide The Area In Surplus And Declare The Lands (S.No.Wise) To Be Taken Possession Of By The Government. The Land Owners Are Paid Compensation At The Rate Governed By Schedule III To The Land Ceiling Act ’61 As Amended By Act 11/79 With A Maximum Rate Of Rs.3500/- Per Acre Depending Upon The Classification Etc.

Interest @ 4% Is Also Payable On This. These Lands Are Then Distributed To The Poor, As Per The Priority Fixed Under The Act.

But In Between The Period Of Taking Possession Of Land And Its Distribution Among The Eligible Poor, The Land Is Likely To Be Enjoyed Or Cultivated. The Enjoyer Or Cultivator So Permitted Shall Pay Lease Amount To Be Fixed As Per The Act.

Those Eligible For Assignment On Priority Are under Tamil Nadu Land Reforms Act

Persons Who Have Been Cultivating Surplus Lands Which Are Declared As Surplus And Dispossessed Of The Land (This Includes Cultivating Tenants And Agricultural Labor). Service Personnel,

Servicemen Including Those Who Have Served In The Indian National Army The Assam Rifles Or Any Para Military Force, are The Dependents Of Those Persons Who Were Killed In Action.

A Repatriate From Burma Or Ceylon Who Has Brought To India Assets Not Exceeding Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only)

A Landless Agricultural Labor.

A Cultivating Tenant Who Holds Totally Less Than 3 Acres Of Dry Or 1.5 Acres Of WetLand.

A Co-Operative Farming Society, Subject To The Ceiling Fixed, Etc.

The Extent That Could Be Assigned Was Five Acres Of land, As Per The Tamil Nadu Land Reforms (Disposal And Surplus Land) Rules 1965. But This Was Modified As 3 Acres Of Dry And 1.5 Acres Of Wet (G.O.Ms.No.715, Revenue Dated 24.3.1980). The Authorized Officer Shall Order The Assignment Of Land And This Order Shall Be Given Effect To In The Revenue Accounts.

The Beneficiary Under This Act Shall Pay The Cost Of The Land Assigned, Subject To A Ceiling Of Rs.350/- Per Acre. This Amount Is Payable In 20 Annual Installments With 5% Interest.

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