Permanent farmer status for Maharashtra farmers who lose land to projects

Till now, the status was granted to farmers and heirs only for ten years from time of land acquisition

By Aparna Pallavi
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

An amendment in the Maharashtra state’s tenancy and agricultural lands legislations, approved by the State Legislative Assembly in its winter session currently on in Nagpur, grants permanent farmer status to all farmers and their heirs who have lost their land to development projects.

Till date, farmer status was granted to project affected farmers and their heirs only upto a period of ten years from the time of land acquisition, which made it difficult for such farming families to buy alternative land after the ten-year period lapsed. The current amendment offers relief by removing the 10-year barrier.

Maharashtra’s minister for revenue, Prakash Solanke, said the 10-year condition exists in all the three tenancy and agricultural land legislations enacted in the state, namely—Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, Bombay of 1948, the Hyderabad Tenancy Act of 1950 and Tenancy and Agricultural Lands (Vidarbha Region) Act, Bombay of 1958. The amendment, he said, will be valid for all three acts and will benefits all project-affected farmers right since the time of independence.


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