17. Variation in rent on or after July 1, 1950, not to be recognized. –
Notwithstanding any contract made or anything done or permitted to be done, on or after the first day of July, 1950 by or on behalf of a proprietor or a tenant , in respect of any land in the State , the rent payable therefore by the tenant in the fasli year immediately preceding the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the rent payable by the tenant or his predecessor – in – title on the date aforesaid and any reduction or remission made therein after the said date otherwise than in pursuance of a decree or order of a court shall not be taken into account:
Provided that where the rent reduced in pursuance of any decree or order aforesaid is less than the amount computed at the prevailing village rate of rent the rent payable shall be an amount so computed.