The Telangana State Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously passed the historic new Revenue Bills – the Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Passbooks Bill 2020, the Telangana Abolition of the Posts of Village Revenue Officers Bill 2020, the Telangana Municipal Laws Amendment Bill 2020 and the Telangana Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill 2020.
The bills were passed without any changes after deliberations for over five hours. Several leaders including Congress, BJP and MIM parties spoke at length on the anomalies in the bills and made some suggestions and raised some questions. However, the Chief Minister in his explanation has clarified all the doubts raised by the members.
“These bills are only the first step towards putting an end to land disputes in the State, we still have a long way to go to establish complete reforms which will require the enactment of some more laws and abolition of others,” Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said.
Chandrashekhar Rao said: “We had about 160 to 170 laws in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh which were brought down to 87 in Telangana State after repealing old and irrelevant Acts. This is not the only solution to end all our woes. The new Revenue Act will be a collection of various laws”.
The Chief Minister while announcing that a permanent solution to land disputes in the State can be found only with a comprehensive survey, reiterated his stand to take up survey of every inch of land in the state to establish the ownership. More laws will be introduced, amended and abolished in future to strengthen land administration.
Blaming the previous government for the entire mess in the Revenue Department, CM said they adopted an unscientific approach towards land policies and gave pattas without demarcating approach roads or borders of each land which led to disputes. Against limited land available, the pattas were issued for larger extents of land. For instance, pattas were distributed for 9,000 acres in Mattampalli village in Suryapet district despite the availability of just 1,600 acres,” he said. He made it clear that all issues cannot be resolved in one go and that the State government was committed to resolving them in a phased manner. He assured that all loopholes will be plugged and flaws in the existing laws will be addressed.