As per provision of W.B.E.A. Act, 53  no raiyet   can  hold land beyond the ceiling limit while as per W.B.L.R. Act, 55 ceiling is imposed upon the family - unit  of the Raiyat.

A raiyat’s family consisting of single member can hold land upto  2.50 standard Hectare, a raiyat’s family consisting  of 2 –5 members can hold 5.00 standard hectare of land. For more than 5 members , 0.50 standard hectare per member is

allowed with a maximum limit  of 7.00 standard hectare per family.

[ 1 standard Hectare = 1 hectare in case of irrigated land & 1.40 hectare in case of non-irrigated land as well as other land]

The ceiling surplus lands are to be  vested to the State by drawing up proceeding as per provision of law. 

As per provision of Section 49 of W.B.L.R. Act, 55, the Vested Agricultural lands are distributed to the landless cultivators who along with their family members hold  no land or hold below 1 acre of land for agricultural purpose.

On receipt of application from the cultivators,  Ban-O-Bhumi-Sanskar–Sthayee Samity  of  the concerned Panchayet  Samity ascertains the eligibility of the cultivators after the field survey, takes  resolution for distribution. The B.L.& L.R.O. concerned with due approval of the appropriate authority prepares pattas and distributes them to the eligible allottees of patta.  Patta right is hereditary and not transferable excepting some conditions as let down in Sec 49(1A). The name of the pattadar is featured in the R.O.R. on application from him. At present recording of the name of pattadar in the R.O.R. is being made and copy of the R.O.R. is also being handed over  to the Pattadar at the time of patta distribution. d)

Vested non-agricultural lands including Khasmahal non-agricultural lands and lands unsuitable for agricultural use at the disposal of the State Govt. are settled with a person, a group of persons, or organisation or a  statutory body on Govt. terms and conditions either through Long-Term-Lease or through Short-TermLease, if the land is not required for Govt. use.

Application for Settlement of land for non-agricultural purpose are received by the office of  the BL&LRO. concerned for processing. Any individual or a body can apply for such a settlement (alongwith four copies of sketch map of the particular land) declaring that he/they would take settlement on Govt. terms and conditions.

In giving Long-Term-Lease  ordinarily for 30 years rent is charged at 4% of the market value of the proposed land and at a Salami charged at 10 times of rent for the first year. Short-Term-Lease is granted for a period not exceeding five years. No salami is charged for grant of Short-Term-Lease.  But the rent is payable at 4% of the market value of the land.

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