UP govt.to move a plea to HC for special bench for land reform cases

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Lucknow, May 4 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government has decided to go before the Allahabad High Court with a plea to club all the pending cases of Land Ceiling Act and set up a special bench for early disposal of the cases so that land could be distributed among the dalits and poor in the state.

Official sources here today said altogether 2357 cases are pending in different courts which are related to UP Land Ceiling Act which was enforced after the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act was implemented in 1952.

Under the Land Ceiling Act, no person could have more than 12 acre of land and at present in UP about 50,000 acre of land was in dispute.

As per the official records,there are 1992 cases of Land ceiling Act dispute pending in the Allahabad High Court, 129 cases in the Supreme Court and 236 cases in the Revenue and other courts in the state.

Sources said the HC would be asked to set up a special bench to dispose off these cases, pending for the last several decades, and that land would be distributed among the dalits, backwards and poor.

The decision is said to have been taken in the meeting of the high powered State Advisory Council yesterday. Rajya Sabha member Satish Chandra Mishra is the chairman of the council while senior government officials including the chief secretary are the members of this council.

In another decision, the Council has also recommended to regularise the employees who are engaged on a contract basis in the state government departments.


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