AP: Legislation to amend Land Reforms Act

Andhra Pradesh Government enacted a legislation to further amend the Andhra Pradesh Land Reforms Act.

Updated: Feb 28, 2012, 23:52 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government on Tuesday enacted a legislation to further amend the Andhra Pradesh Land Reforms (Ceiling on Agricultural Holdings) Act, 1973, amid objections raised by opposition parties and
overruling the demand that it be referred to a select committee of the House.

The amended legislation is aimed at "improving the
conditions of the poor agriculturists and curbing the
concentration of land in the hands of a few people by taking
over the ceiling surplus land and distributing the same among
the landless poor," the government claimed.

The opposition parties, however, argued that the
amended law would lead to rise in corruption besides leaving
scope for misuse of the Land Reforms Act.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen was the most
vociferous in its opposition to the "arbitrary and draconian"

"This law will open a Pandora`s box and let corruption
grow," senior MIM MLA Virasat Rasool Khan said.

TDP legislator Palle Raghunatha Reddy said the
existing Land Reforms Act did not ensure any tangible benefits
to the landless poor.

Lok Satta Party member N Jayaprakash Narayan said the
new legislation was in principle good but the danger lay in
entrusting unbridled powers to the officials, leaving scope
for misuse.

There should be a two-stage process to check misuse of
the law and avoid unnecessary litigation, he said.

The legislators also took a strong exception to the
suo moto powers to re-open even old cases of land ceiling.

The CPI and the CPM MLA too, while welcoming the
legislation per se, expressed apprehension that there could be
a scope for its misuse.