Mysore Cultivation of Fallow Lands Act, 1951

Mysore Cultivation of Fallow Lands Act, 1951 (Mysore Act No. XVII of 1951). By a perusal of the preamble of the Act, it is seen that it is with a view to bring fallow lands under cultivation in the State of Mysore except Bellary District, the provisions are made so as to enable landless to cultivate the lands subject to certain conditions. Sub-section (4) of Section 1 thereof makes it clear that the Act shall remain in force for a period of five years, and upon its expiry, the provisions of Section 6 of the Mysore General Clauses Act, 1899, shall be applicable as if it had been repealed by a Mysore Act. In other words, those persons who continued to cultivate the lands belonging to the Government under the said Act, even after the expiry of five years, shall continue to be lessees under the State of Karnataka. Therefore, even after the expiry of the period of five years, the right or interest accrued in such persons by virtue of the said Act cannot be taken away without due process of law. Section 12 of the said Act conferred upon the State Government power to make Rules for carrying out the purposes of that Act and in the absence of any Rules made thereunder, as long as their rights and interests are not taken away in accordance with law, they cannot be said to be persons who have lost their rights.

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