AP New Land Policy: The Andhra Pradesh government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has issued new guidelines to further facilitate the process of mutations related to land ownership rights. It was suggested that government lands should not be mutated under any circumstances. That responsibility was left entirely to the Joint Collectors when it had to be done in certain cases. It was also clarified that it should be done based on the file received from the collectors.
This power, which had hitherto been vested in the Tahsildars, was transferred to the joint collectors. In case of mutations related to inheritance disputes, the Tahsildar is directed to give the family certificate at the same time. The Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) Sai Prasad has directed the Collectors, Joint Collectors and Revenue officials to clarify various issues to this effect.
It is suggested that the relevant lands could be mutated if they were found to be in the possession of the applicant for more than 12 years by the time the Dotted Lands Act came into force. Those who applied for the mutation were required to subdivide the survey number beforehand and Tahsildars are advised to start the mutation process only after verifying that all the survey numbers and names are in the records of the sub-division process.
The government directed to clear the existing mutation applications before giving 13 notifications over the survey has been completed where the land re-survey has been completed. It was suggested that mutation applications should not be rejected for petty reasons and should show clear reasons why they were rejected clearly stating what documents are required.