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GOMAL, AND OTHER RESERVED LANDS AND ERSTWHILE LAND GRANT RULES.

(1) Gomal lands or Gobhumi are pasture lands set apart in a village for grazing purposes.

(2) The first step to be taken on receipt of appli¬cations for such lands is to obtain a report from the village officers in the prescribed form and forward the Same to the Sub-Division Officers. No further action need be taken till the necessary permission is received and when it is received, the applications should be dealt within the same way as darkhasts for unassessed lands.

(3) The Sub-Division Officers are empowered to sanction appropriation of lands out of gomal for cultiva¬tion. They are also empowered to cancel the appro¬priation of lands sanctioned by them out of gomal, a report of such cases being sent to the Deputy Commis¬sioner for communication to Superintendent of Land Records. (G.O. No. R. 434-44—L.R. 735-40-2, dated 22nd July 1941).

(4) Darkhasts for an assessed land should not be refused on the ground that the village gomal is not ample. All assessed waste as distinguished from gomal land, set apart for the common pasturage of villages must be given for cultivation, when there is an application for the same. (G.O. No. 3024—P. 59, dated 5th June 1951).

(5) When there is no assessed unoccupied waste land in a village and the extent of gomal land is out of all proportion to the number of cattle, the Deputy Commis¬sioner should investigate the need for arable land for cultivation and take action to throw open as much as is wanted. (G.O. No. 2932-33—R.F. 9-96, dated 15th September 1896).

(6) But applications for small bits of land out of gomal should not be encouraged. (G.O. No. 5415-23—R. 1773, dated 20th December 1897).

(7) When an entire gomal survey number is applied for, and recommended to be granted, the con¬nected village map should invariably be submitted, along with the other papers exhibiting clearly on the map all the gomal and the occupied survey numbers. When a portion of a survey number is recommended to be granted, a sketch map showing the position of the portion applied for should always be submitted, for judging whether the new number, after sub-division, would form a regular compact block. (G.O. No. 7841-8—R. 2566, dated 22nd February 1898; 3377-78—R.F. 9-96, dated 24th September 1896).

(8) Reference should not be made to the Superin¬tendent of Land Records, to assess gomal lands before their alienation is sanctioned by competent authority. (G.O. No. 24070-8—R.F. 6-94, dated 16th June 1895).


(9) The following particulars should be given when gomal or soppinabetta lands are recommended to be granted in the malnad districts :- (G.O. No. 1806—R.F. 1-96, dated 5th April 1897).

(10) (a) The area of existing wet cultivation in the village in which the grant is recommended. (b) The source of irrigation and its capacity with reference to the increased burden proposed to be thrown upon it. (c) Whether the new grant affects in any way the existing wet cultivation.

(11) Sanction accorded for appropriation of any portion of gomal land for cultivation purposes does not imply sanction to the grant of the land to the individual or individuals, on whose application the necessary enquiries are instituted. W7hen such sanction is accorded, the land should be disposed of under the rules for the disposal of Government land, not gomal. (G.O. No. 1787-95—R.F. 38-92, dated 3rd January 1893).


(12) (a) The village cattle on which agriculture chiefly depends should not be deprived of the necessary grazing lands. Before sub-dividing and allotting any gomal lands for cultivation, the Superintendent of Land Records should enquire and satisfy himself that the village cattle will not suffer thereby and that the remaining gomal is sufficient for them. A note to this effect should be made in the settlement records. (G.O. No. R. 3923-32, dated 13th June 1904). (b) The lands thus sub-divided and set apart for cultivation should be disposed of in accordance with Rule 43 L.R.R. The Superintendent of Land Records should refer to the Revenue Department, for disposal of cases where a sale of the right of occupancy is found necessary or desirable.

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