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Section 1 – The Punjab Land Reforms Act,1972

The Punjab Land Reforms Act,1972

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS OF ACT 10 OF 1973

Two enactments, namely, the Punjab Security of Land Tenures Act,1953 and the Pepsu Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act,1955, are in force in the State of Punjab While the former Act applies to those parts of the state which were comprised in the State of Punjab immediately before the Ist November,1965, the latter applies to those territories of the erstwhile State of Pepsu Which now form part of the State of Punjab. It was considered necessary that a single unified law should be applicable to the entire State in so far as provisions relating to imposition of land ceiling acquisition of proprietary rights by tenants and ancillary matters are concerned. The aforesaid two enactments will remain in force in regard to matter not covered by this Bill.

After giving careful consideration to the various aspects of land reform measures, which are necessary in the interest of social justice as also agricultural production, it has been decided that the ceiling limits be suitably reduced; that the entire surplus area should vest in the State Government and that the criteria of eligibility for allotment of such areas should be made broad-based. It has been considered necessary to withdraw pertain exemptions which were allowed under the tow existing measures.

This Bill is being enacted to achieve the above objective.

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS OF ACT 40 OF 1973

The bill is designed to replace the Punjab Land Reforms (Amendment) Ordinance,1973, which was issued with a view to carrying out certain suggestions/amendments considered necessary by the Government of India and the State Government.

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS OF ACT 22 OF 1976

The existing provision of punishment in Punjab Land Reforms Act,1972, is not considered deterrent enough to deal with the land owner who don not furnish any declaration regarding their land or file declarations which are false. It is proposed to enhance the existing punishment. Hence this Bill.

Received the assent of the President of India on the 28th March,1973 and holdings, first published for general information in the Punjab Government Gazette (Extraordinary) dated, the 2nd April,1973.

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to ceiling on land holdings, acquisition of proprietary rights by tenants and other ancillary matters in the State of Punjab.

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to ceiling on land holdings, acquisition of proprietary right by tenants and other ancillary matter in the State of Punjab.

Section 1. Short title, extent and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Punjab Land Reforms Act,1972.

2.It extends to the whole of the State of Punjab.

3.It shall come into force at once.

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