Dharam Prakash Gupta
Himachal Pradesh farmers losing their entire land acquired for various project like four -lane, power projects or any other project by the state government would not be divested their status of agriculturists under HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act 1972.
The clarification in this regard has been issued by the state government after this issue was raised in a meeting of farmers losing their land for four lane project from Kiratpur to Manali.
Under HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act 1972 there is a clear cut provision that only those residents having status of an agriculturist in the state are permitted to purchase agriculture land in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
As the land of several farmers in different parts of state is being acquired for several ongoing development projects there is a fear of losing status of an agriculturist under the Act among the farmers whose entire land was being acquired for the projects.
There is also a provision under this Act if anybody sells his entire agricultural land he would forgo his status of agriculturist which has created a fear among a section of farmers.
The state government has now clarified; no farmers whose entire land is acquired for a development project would forgo the status of a bonefied agriculturist in the state. The government clarification makes it clear clause (2) (1) (1) of section 118 of HP Land Tenancy and Reforms Act 1972 already has provision in this regard.
Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rugved Thakur said, “There is already a provision in the Act and we have not received any complaint from any farmer in this regard: this issue was raised by farmers in the four lane meeting after which we had sought a clarification from the state government.”