[ecis2016.org] In a move aimed at reducing administrative delays, the Maharashtra government has decided to amend its Land Revenue Code, wherein, non-agriculture certification will no longer be required for a land for which the development plan is finalised
The state government has come up with an amendment in the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, following which non-agriculture certification will no longer be required, for a land for which development plan is finalised. Unless an agricultural land is converted into non-agricultural, development work cannot be started. However, with the new amendment in the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, things would move more swiftly, an official from the state’s revenue department said.
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A Government Resolution (GR) regarding the amendment was released on January 5, 2017. The GR stated that if the revenue or any other concerned department has been paid all charges, such as conversion tax, non-agriculture fee and other taxes, then, the land should be converted for non-agriculture purpose within 30 days of all the necessary payments. The receipts of such payments, would be considered as valid proof in land conversion procedure, the GR said.
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The land in the state is broadly categorised for agriculture and non-agriculture purposes. Earlier, the requirement of non-agriculture certification, used to cause delay in projects, including all types of infrastructure development works.
To convert agricultural land into non-agricultural one, there has been a prolonged procedure which is now cut short, so that industries and infrastructure projects do not face problems of administrative delays, the official said.
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