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Cabinet nod for amendment to Registration Act

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Manoj Mishra

Bhubaneswar, July 31

In order to stop illegal registration of properties and encroached land in the state, the state government today decided to bring an amendment to the Registration Act, 1908, which will require the production of the Record of Rights (RoR) before any land is registered.
A decision to this effect was taken at the State Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.
minesBriefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, chief secretary Jugal Kishor Mohapatra said the Cabinet also gave its seal of approval to an amendment in Section 22-A of the Registration Act, 1908 to declare transactions relating to certain categories of immovable properties as opposed to public policy. These categories include property belonging to religious institutions to which the Odisha Hindu Religious Endowment Act, 1951 is applicable, property donated for Bhoodan Yajna,  Wakfs property and property recorded in the name of Lord Jagannath. Such transactions can be made only after the prior sanction of the competent authority.

The Cabinet also approved the amendment in the Odisha Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R & R) Policy, 2006 proposed by the Revenue department to accord separate family status to major grandsons irrespective of their marital status, major unmarried daughters/granddaughters and major unmarried sisters, which will entitle them to get benefits under the policy.

The cabinet also cleared a proposal that will require all non-plan and State Plan schemes above Rs 250 crore to be approved only after appraisal of such schemes by the Expenditure Finance Committee. “The cabinet approved the required amendment to Item No 29 in the Second Schedule of the Rules of Business of the Odisha government for this purpose,” the chief secretary said.

The cabinet granted a three-month extension to the existing system of auction of liquor shops in view of the recent ruling of the Odisha High Court on e-auction of such shops. Mohapatra, however, maintained that the High Court had not held e-auction as illegal and had only pointed out certain procedural anomalies. “The government will address these issues before proceeding with e-auction of liquor shops,” he said.

The Cabinet also approved the Annual Report on the Activities of Odisha Public Service Commission for the year 2009-10 and the holding of the 13th session of 14th Assembly from August 20.