The Honourable Supreme Court of India gave a historic judgement paving the way for protection of the commons across the country on 28th January 2011. This came in connection to the hearing on the Civil Appeal No. 1132/2011 @SLP(C) No. 3109/2011. This blog is aimed to collate all possible information related to the judgement. For views and comments write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Revenue Minister Kaul Singh Thakur presented the Himachal Pradesh Village Common Lands Vesting and Utilisation (Amendment) Bill 2015 in the Assembly today which would provide the ownership of land to those who had been in its possession for the last four decades.
About the Bill
The HP Village Common Lands Vesting and Utilisation (Amendment)
Bill 2015 will provide the ownership of land to those who have been possessing
it for the past four decades
The government had received several representations from these lessees "Chakotadhars" and and amendment to the Himachal Pradesh Village Common Lands Vesting and Utilisation Act, 1974, was necessary to provide ownership of land to these people. They had been given land by Gram Panchayats as per the Punjab Village Common Land Regulation Act, 1961.
The number of such lessees in 981 in Kangra, 184 in Kangra and 36 each in Una and Hamipur districts. These persons had sought ownership of land on which they had their houses, cowsheds, farms and orchards.
A Bill to amend the Shimla Road Users and Pedestrians (Public Safety and Convenience) Act, 2007 was also tabled in the Assembly by the Chief Minister. This amendment would empower Assistant Sub-Inspectors for checking vehicles and compounding of offences on sealed and restricted roads. Earlier, the powers were given only to Executive Magistrate or police officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector and the amendment is being made in view of shortage of police officers and increasing number of vehicles.