Govt invites claims from Mayem villagers for grant of occupancy rights

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April 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm #6286

The government, since the Liberation of Goa in 1961, has for the first time issued a public notice that officially establishes contact with the residents of Mayem village, as a part of the exercise to deal with the evacuee property issue pertaining to the village.

The public notice signed by Collector (North Goa) Nila Mohanan states that the government has decided to grant occupancy rights to the residents of the Mayem village in Bicholim taluka under the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorship, Titles and Grants of Lands) Act 2014 and the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorship, Titles and Grants of Lands) Rules 2015.

It further states that the government intends to receive claims from the people, who are in physical possession of the structures and the agricultural land, which were formerly under the Custodian of Evacuee Property in Mayem.

The claims need to be submitted in prescribed Form-I and/ or Form-III under the above mentioned Rules in the offices of the Deputy Collector and SDO Bicholim. The claim applications need to be supported by any of the two documents such as electricity bill, water charges bills, house tax receipt with house number, notice issues by the Custodian of Evacuee Property in connection with any construction in Evacuee Property, and so on.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times,’ the Collector (North Goa) said that the government will accept the said claim applications till May 15, 2016, and at the same time start the exercise of examining them. “The claims would be handled as per the provisions and procedures laid out in the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorship, Titles and Grants of Lands) Rules 2015,” she added, pointing out that subsequently, provisional declaration of rights to the said properties would be made.

The application for claim and the documents received will be first scrutinised by the Mamlatdar, who would later submit a related report to the Collector. Upon verification of the documents and the report obtained from the Mamlatdar, the Collector shall, if he is fully satisfied about the genuineness of the case, publish the provisional declaration, declaring such applicant as an “Occupant Class-II” after giving him/ her hearing, if any, and on payment of land revenue as provided under the Act.

“In case, any interested person in the specified lands, has any objection to the provisional declaration, he/ she could file objection/ say in writing, within 60 days from the date of publication of this provisional declaration in the Official Gazette,” Mohanan said, informing that the next step would be granting of land to the claimant as well as handing over the related Sanad, as per the Rules.

The Collector (North Goa) also informed that the process of surveying the structures existing in Mayem village is over, while the exercise of surveying the agricultural lands in the village is on, which would require some time. “In fact, issuance of the public notice inviting claims from Mayem villagers for granting of occupancy rights in the village is an important step, as the government, so far, had not initiated any direct communication with the villagers,” she added, pointing out that the notice would speed up the preparatory work to deal with the Evacuee Property issue.

As per the said Rules, the land granted shall be used only for the purpose of dwelling house within the area as mentioned. The grantee, or his/ her heirs, assigns and legal representatives shall not mortgage, sell, assign or otherwise transfer the land or any portion thereof except with the previous sanction of the government, the Rules state.

Incidentally, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had informed the state legislative assembly during its recently concluded budget session that the government would undertake distribution of land Sanads to the Mundkars and agricultural tenants from the Mayem village before the end of tenure of his government, next year.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Govt invites claims from Mayem villagers for grant of occupancy rights

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