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FORMER RULES FOR THE TEMPORARY GRANT OF GOMAL LANDS FOR GRAM 'CULTIVATION.

(1) Whenever the whole body of raiyats in a village agree to take up a portion of their gomal land for temporary cultivation of gram, they should apply for the same through the patel or some recognised head¬man. G.O. No. R. 9169-78—L.R. 385-06-6, dated 10th April 1907; R. 3938-147—L.R. 201-07-2, dated 27th December 1907).

(2) The application should be prepared in the form given in Appendix S, and the Shanbhog must fill up the particulars required at the instance of the raiyats.

(3) The application should be presented before the Amildars in person by the Villagers or their representa¬tive. The Officer should at once verify the facts con¬tained in the application and submit it with his recom¬mendation for the orders of the Sub-Division Officer. The assessment leviable should also be proposed, and it should be based on the average assessment on dry land in the neighbourhood.

(4) The Sub-Division Officer should scrutinize the application without delay and, if there is no objection, order the grant of land, fixing the assessment to be recovered.

(5) On receipt of orders, the Amildar should grant a temporary saguvali chit in the name of the recognised representative of the villagers who will be liable to pay the assessment imposed thereon : Provided that, where there is not sufficient time for the previous observance of these formalities, the villagers may proceed to occupy and plough the land after presenting the application to the shanbhog and patel for immediate despatch to the taluk and on the express condi¬tion to be stated in the application that they will abide by the orders of the Sub-Division Officer thereon.

(6) The villagers must arrange among themselves for apportioning the area granted for cultivation and the recognised representative may collect the proportionate assessment from the raiyats.

(7) Before the crop is harvested, the assessment imposed under Rule (4) supra should be pfeid up to Government. The Amildar has power to prohibit the removal of the crop before payment of assessment. In case of default the crop may be sold by him, the sale being reported to the Sub-Division Officer within seven days from the date of such sale, for confirmation. When the sale is confirmed, the excess amount realised, if any, over the assessment due, may be made over, after notice to the villagers, to their representative. Should there be a deficiency, the amount of assessment still due may be ordered to be remitted by the Deputy Commis¬sioner.

(8) The sanctioning officers must observe the following instructions : —
(a) The area of land granted for cultivation in any particular year should lie fallow during the next two years. This has to be arranged for by dividing the whole gomal of a village into three distinct plots and granting one plot each year, so that by rotation each plot will be brought under cultivation every third year.
(b) The crop to be sown must invariably be confined to gram.
(c) Cultivation should on no account be allowed where it would lead to the destruction of scrub jungles or seedling of trees.

(9) Darkhast records should not unnecessarily be referred to the Revenue Inspectors, and the taluk offices, should keep proper statistics. The darkhast record should be sent to the Revenue Inspector not as a matter of course, but only when there is absolute need to send the same. For example, there will be no need to call for any report if the darkhast is for a tank bed or for gomal where the gomal is inadequate and such darkhast should be rejected then and there only and the parties appraised to apply for some other land.

(10). In order to enable the Amildar to pay which darkhast petition should be sent to the Revenue Inspector and should be rejected summarily. Three lists of villages should be maintained as follows : — (R.C.'s Circular No. P.C. 50—53-54, dated 23rd January 1954) .
(1) List of villages where gomal is adequate.
(2) List of villages where gomal is inadequate
(3) List of villages where there is adequate date groves and hulbani kharab available for grant though gomal may be adequate or inadequate.


(11) The Lists should be complied with reference to the previous years khanishumari or cattle census and index of lands or Jamabandi gowshwar or banjar takte, ……………………….. The list should be referred to invariably before sending any darkhast application to the Revenue Inspector for report.

(12) Insufficiency of land for the village cattle, a large extent of assessed land already existing, the exist¬ence of hallas and established path ways through the land should, as a rule be taken as details arguing against, on application and any special reason that may be advanced as an argument in favour of it should be weighed against the reason for the general rules, before the appli¬cation is disposed of. (R.C.'s Circular No. 2991-8, dated 18th—23rd September 1912).

(13) In many cases lands have been given out of gomal kharab, etc., far beyond the limits of the hiduvali lands and away in the interior of big unoccupied survey numbers. Such grants invariably afford scope for en-croachments on the surrounding Government lands either clandestinely or open, according to circumstances. The officers authorised to sanction the appropriation of land for agricultural purposes out of these should see that the formation of such islets of occupied lands in the midst of Government lands are discouraged as far as possible except in rare cases where really good plots are not available in the vicinity of cultivated lands. (R.C.'s Circular No. C-3701—28-29, dated 28th July 1929).

(14). Vonis, topes, kattes, etc., should not be disposed for cultivation unless the appropriation of these lands for agricultural purposes have been sanctioned by Competent authority.

(15) As the rearing of sheep and goats are as much in the interests of the agricultural population of a village as cattle, the practice obtaining in many places of taking 4 heads of sheep or goats as equivalent to one big horned cattle, while calculating the number of cattle in a village for which gomal has to be allowed may be continued. (R.C.'s Circular No. R. Dis. 25—28-29, dated 7th September 1928).

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