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Conversion

Conversion of land from Annual Patta to Periodic Patta :

    Conversion is an official process through which status of any land settled for one year mostly in Villages (Annual Patta) or three years mostly in Towns ( Short Lease Patta) is changed to longer tenure with right to transfer which is restricted in respect of Annual or Short Lease Patta.

    The Annual Patta Holder shall apply before the concerned Circle Officer under whose jurisdiction the AP land falls on plain paper affixing appropriate Court fee clearly mentioning the land schedule. In rural areas however, provisions for initiating suo-moto conversion process has also been made where the concerned Land Recorder(Lot Mandal) shall submit conversion proposal to the Circle Officer.

    The applicant has to furnish along with the application up-to-date land revenue payment receipt.

    As per provisions of Rule 105 of Assam Land Records Manual, all applications for conversion should be enquired into and disposed of, as far as possible, within a period of three months from the date of receipt of the application. The following conditions need to be fulfilled in this regard:

  • The land should be demarcated and actually surveyed
  • The land must be in a village which has been traversed, surveyed, mapped and classed.
  • The land must be actually cultivated with some permanent crop or occupied for permanent residential purposes.
  • Rule 23 of the Settlement Rules framed under the ALRR, 1886 provides that no new periodic patta shall be issued in respect of land within one chain (66 feet) of the 35 feet reservation along roads maintained by the State or the Union Government without special orders from the Govt.
  • No new periodic pattas will be proposed or ordered to be issued, if there exists any dispute over possession or over prima facie title of the land in question.
  • No new periodic pattas shall be proposed or ordered to be issued for lands within an area covered by a mining lease or situated within a town area or within 2 miles from the town area or within such distance from the town area as may be notified by the State Govt. from time to time, except under special orders of Govt. and on payment of such premium, if any, as may be fixed by Govt. from time to time.

    As per provisions of Govt. Land Policy, 1989,The conversion of Annual lease into Periodic shall be granted:

  • By Circle Officer in rural areas excluding the area falling within the radius of 10 KMs from the boundary in case of Gauhati Municipal Corporation and 3 KMs in case of other Municipal and revenue Towns.
  • By the Deputy Commissioner of the District in respect of the area falling within the radius of 10 KMs from the boundary in case of Gauhati Municipal Corporation and 3 KMs in case of other Municipal and revenue Towns.
  • By the Government in respect of the areas within Gauhati Municipal Corporation and other notified Municipal and Revenue Towns.

    Further, the conversion of Annual Lease into periodic will be limited to:

  • The maximum area allowed to be held in rural area as per provisions of the Assam Fixation of Ceiling on land Holdings Act, 1956, as amended, inclusive of the periodic land already held by the family of the settlement holder;List text-1
  • All annual and short leases of land in all Municipal Towns, Revenue Towns and in Guwahati Corporation and in areas falling within the radius of 3 KM from the boundary of Municipal & Revenue Towns and 10 KMs from the boundary of GMC shall be converted into periodic lease subject to observance of the provisions of existing rules and procedures laid down in Rule 105 of ALRM, Rule 23 of ALRR and Govt. instructions in force.

    Rates of premium to be realized for conversion are notified by the Government at different times.As per Govt. Circular No. RSR. 9/88/Pt. II/64, dated 25.05.1999, rates of premium for conversion of A.P. land into P.P.:

 

Sl. No.

Place / Areas

Residential Purpose

Trade / Commerce / Industry Purpose

Agriculture Purpose

1.

Guwahati City

50%

100%

NA

2.

Municipal & Revenue Towns

50%

100%

NA

3.

10 KMs from the periphery of Guwahati City & 3 KM periphery of any other Municipal & Revenue Town

50%

100%

50%

 As per Govt. Circular No. RRG.3/2001/12, dated 04.12.2003, the premium to be realized for transferred and non-transferred land is as under:

 

Sl. No.

Place / Areas

Occupied portion of the A.P. land that remains with the pattadar after transfer of A.P. land

Non-transferred Land

1.       

For Town land

100%

50%

    Further, in respect of the lands falling outside the towns but within 3 KM radius of towns, the premium should be realized @ 15% of the market value. In respect of the land falling within 10 KM radius of Guwahati, the premium should be realized @ 25% of the market value [In case of non-transferred / non-alienated A.P. Land].

    There are provisions for concession in payment of conversion premium to the extent of 25% over the estimated due premium fixed as per Rules in force to :

  • Person belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes,
  • The widows who do not have earning sons/daughters and no source of income from landed property,
  • The landless Freedom Fighters on the basis of Certificates issued by the Competent Authority.

   This concession will be available in all classes of land whether agricultural, residential, industrial ,trade or commercial land both in rural and urban areas.

    Latest Govt. Circulars: As per Govt. Circular No. RRG. 130/2014/6, dated 21.04.2015, Govt. has directed to issue P.P. in favour of allotment certificate holders straightway without issuing A.P. in rural areas for residential and agricultural purpose and no fee or any amount has to be realized for the conversion.

     As per Govt. Circular No. RRG. 130/2014/7, dated 02.05.2015, conversion of A.P. into P.P. has to be done in rural areas for residential and agricultural purpose without waiting for the application from the pattadars. The amount of conversion fee for the said land should be realized as arrear land revenue if the A.P. holders did not deposit the conversion fee at the time of conversion.