Bengaluru: The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has signed the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which provides for giving farm labourers rights over houses build on the land not belonging to them prior January 1, 1979, it is gathered. The state legislature had cleared this bill in March 2017 itself.
After the approval by both the houses of the state legislature, the state government had sent the bill for governor’s signature. Governor had sent it to President of India’s office stating that it involves several constitutional issues.
According to the sources in the state government, President has signed this bill and it will be sent to the state government soon. “Once we receive the signed act, we can prepare rules. DCs of respective districts will issue notification over the implementation of this act,” said an officer from the state revenue department.
According to the sources, this bill expected to generate a lot of heat in Malnad region with farm laborers expected to get land rights in those places where they are staying now.