Committee headed by Principal Secretary, Revenue and two other Secretaries will now recommend permission to buy upto 500 square meters land, but not less than 150 square meters for building a residential house in Himachal Pradesh in case of eminent persons in various spheres. This was proposed in a meeting of Cabinet Sub Committee on amendment in Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Rules, 1975 held here today under the Chairmanship of Revenue Minister Thakur Gulab Singh.

Thakur Gulab Singh said that in order to provide relief to the bonafide Himachalis residing in the State for generations together, they can buy residential plot upto 500 square meters and commercial plot upto 300 square meters without obtaining permission in Committee area. He said that now the Sub Committee has proposed that the bonafide Himachali may be liberally given permission to purchase land in rural areas. He said that Sub Committee also proposed that Bonafide Himachalis, Padma Award winners and gallantry award winners would be allowed to purchase 500 square meter land but not less than 150 square meters for building a residential house in the State.

Revenue Minister said that the Cabinet Sub Committee has also proposed that for purposes of industries, tourism, hydel projects, educational institutions, Information Technology/Bio Technology units, religious purposes etc. the department concerned will make specific mention in the Essential Certificate that the proposed land was appropriate for the purpose and proposed activities can not be done in a lesser area. He said that this has been done to ensure optimum use of land in the State. He said that no changes or amendment have been proposed in Section 118 and only minor changes have been proposed in the Tenancy and Land Reforms Rules in order to make it more stringent and realistic.

Thakur Gulab Singh said that Cabinet Sub Committee also proposed uniform rate for lease value. He said that for land lease for 99 years the rates will be enhanced by five percent every five years whereas for land leased for 40 years the rates will be enhanced by 3.5 percent every five years.

Members of the Committee Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi, Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram Thakur also gave their valuable suggestions in the meeting. Deepak Sanan, Principal Secretary, Revenue, A.C. Dogra, Principal Secretary, Law and other senior officers of the Revenue Department were present on the occasion.

The recommendations of the Sub Committee will be placed before the Cabinet in its next meeting for approval.

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