Category Archives: Karnataka Land Reforms Act

Landmark Change to The Karnataka Land Reforms Act

In a significant change to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on 13/07/2020 signed the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 2020, a month after the Karnataka Cabinet passed an ordinance making amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961. Following the Governor’s consent, the State Government has notified the Amended Act in the Gazette notification.

Accordingly, the amendments –

  • Allow Non-agriculturist to purchase agricultural Land (Farm land) in Karnataka. However, restrictions on purchase of irrigated land by non-agriculturist remain
  • Removed the ceiling on income from non agricultural sources to buy agricultural land
  • Also increased the ceiling on number of units of land a person/family can hold

Accordingly, Sections 63(A), 79(A), 79(B), 79(C) in the existing Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, were repealed to enable these changes.

With these changes –

  • Farmers are expected to get better prices for their land
  • Organised farming will get a fillip
  • Technology adoption & modernisation of agricultural practises is expected to increase

Reduce corruption & promote industries alike

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Industry can now buy land directly from farmers in Karnataka

Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1961 Amended: Industry can now buy land directly from Karnataka farmers

  • Karnataka Implements changes to Section 109 of land Reforms Act 1961, to allow industries to buy land directly from Farmers
  • The amendments come into force from 20.11.2019
  • Units will still need nod from States Revenue department
  • Applications to be cleared within 30 days by the concerned Deputy Commissioner, failing which it will be deemed approval

This was been one of our long standing demands. Read here

A major reform to increase competitiveness and to boost industrial development in the state of Karnataka has been enacted paving the way for easy access of land to Industries. Neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh have been allowing this for a while. A 3 year process earlier, would now take only about 30 days – there by removing many impediments and position Karnataka as an alternative sourcing hub to companies who are looking to move out of China post COVID 19

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