Monday, January 17, 2011

State Enacts Legislation to Amend Mulageni Tenancy System

Bangalore, Jan 16: A long-awaited legislation for amending land tenure system, more commonly known as Mulageni Land Tenancy system, was passed by both the Houses of Legislature recently.

Mulageni Tenancy System, which means tenancy of land in perpetuity, was introduced decades ago to satisfy the condition of land possession then. For more than a century, this system was not reformed due to the lackadaisical attitude of past political and ruling classes of society. Both the Mulagers (landlords) and Mulagenidars (tenants) suffered doubts of title ship of lands under this system thereby preventing development activity of any kind on such lands.

The recent developments in real estate have brought focus on these lands due to acute shortage of viable lands for residential/commercial development especially in urban areas. These lands, situated in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and North Kanara and parts of Kodagu districts of the erstwhile Madras province during British rule, came under the Mulageni system.

The new enactment confers right on the Mulgeni tenants to become owners of the holdings in their possessions while giving compensation specified to the landlords.

The law seems to solve the problem without causing any pain, hardship, or loss to the landlord while the tenant earns what he justly deserves. The landlord is entitled to receive a compensation equivalent to 500 times the annual rent in the case where there is no restraint against alienation and in other cases the compensation would be 1,000 times the annual rent. The tenant shall be the absolute owner of the lease held in his possession when he deposits the amount.

The MLAs of coastal region of Karnataka have done a very laudable work in enacting this welfare legislation. Mulageni Okkalu Rakshana Vedike put a great effort towards enactment of this Bill. Daijiworld

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