|March 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm #5239|
With the state legislative assembly on Friday passing the Goa (abolition of proprietorships, titles and grants of lands) Bill, 2014, by voice vote, the government has virtually found a solution to the vexed land issue in Mayem village of Bicholim taluka.
With the passage of the Bill, proprietorship rights held by few proprietors by virtue of titles (Visconde, Conde, Marquez, etc) granted to them by the erstwhile Portuguese government or regime would stand abolished after the Bill gets assent of the Governor and becomes an Act.
The Bill was passed after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had moved the Bill made an amendment to it as regards to financial memorandum and put the estimated cost at Rs 20 crore. The amendment was made after leader of opposition Pratapsing Rane pointed out to lacunae in the Bill and sought that the Bill be referred to a select committee.
The Chief Minister, however, chose to make the necessary amendment and get the Bill passed in the House saying that it was an assurance given by the government to the people of Mayem village. He also said that other lacunae, if any, could be removed at a later stage.
The Bill has provision that lands, which were under the personal cultivation of the people on which they have built their houses should be re-granted to them on occupancy basis. It also has provision to allow compensation to the persons whose property rights have been abolished but were not re-granted to them. Another provision in the Bill is to re-grant lands, which were cultivated by tenants on occupancy basis. The uncultivated lands, pasture lands or grass lands would vest in the government so that it would be in a position to put uncultivated land to more fruitful use.
Another Bill moved by the Chief Minister to amend Section 357A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Goa amendment) Bill, 2014 to enable the state to decide the quantum of compensation to be awarded to victim or dependants who suffered loss or injury as a result of the crime and who require rehabilitation was also approved by the assembly.
The assembly also gave its approval to the Goa Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (first amendment) Bill, 2014 to bring adequate level of transparency and measures of compliances for achieving the overall objects of maintaining fiscal management target set in the Act. Yet another Bill, the Goa Nursing Council (first amendment) Bill was also passed by the assembly.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Mayem villagers set to get land rights“