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As per the provisions made in R.S.O. 23, the Government lands are transferred in favour of Union Government Departments, on collection of land cost and as per the provisions made in R.S.O.23-A. Government lands are transferred to State Government Departments on free of cost.
On receipt of requisition from the requisitioning department of Union Government and State Government Authorities, the District Collector concerned, examines the case with reference to the requirement and availability of suitable land, formulates necessary proposal and after obtaining the report of the Commissioner of Land Administration thereon, Government land is transferred to the requisitioning Department.
In respect of State Government Departments, such as Health, Education, Home etc., as per G.O. (Ms.) No.503, Revenue
Department, Dated 21.09.1999, the District Collectors are empowered to transfer minimum extent of land, without ceiling on land cost, for essential purpose, provided that the land identified for transfer does not fall in any of the objectionable categories, such as water-course, mayanam, pathai etc.,
If the Meikkal or Manthaiveli (Grazing Ground) poramboke lands when proposed for land transfer, an equal extent of alternate land has to be identified through joint inspection by the officials of Revenue and Animal Husbandry departments. The requisitioning department should remit the development charges to the Local Body concerned @ Rs. 6,000/- per Acre or Rs. 15,000/- per Hectare. Though the alternate land is vested with the Local Body for the purpose of grazing, the ownership will remain with the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
The Department concerned, to whom land transfer has been made, has to judiciously utilize the land for the purpose for which it is transferred. The Revenue and Disaster Management Department is the custodian of all Government lands and reserves the right to resume the lands, if not used for the purpose for which it was allotted and the same land will be allotted to the needy department based on their requirement.