Uttar Pradesh has witnessed a sharp decline in disputes related to agricultural and non-agricultural land largely due to the expediting of the digitisation process in rural areas and simplification of revenue collection procedures in the last four-and-a-half years of the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.
The state government started the online Varasat Campaign to free villagers from unnecessary land disputes and so far, more than 13.52 lakh cases pertaining to land disputes have been settled through this drive.
The Yogi government also started Swamitva Yojana (Gharauni) to get villagers their land ownership rights and empower them. Gharauni is done in the name of a female member of the family in order to protect rural women. The government has distributed rural residential records (Gharauni) to 2.74 lakh land owners in 2,006 villages of the state. In order to empower landless farmers in rural areas, the state government has also distributed 6,371.883 hectares of agricultural land belonging to village societies to 26,149 landless people. Furthermore, 577 hectares of land has been given to 72,264 families while ponds spread over an area of 24071.685 hectares have been allotted to fishermen. Besides, 9,106 hectares of land has been allotted to 7,438 pottery artists.
"Soon after coming to office, the Yogi government simplified the rules to declare agricultural land as non-agricultural land to speed up the industrialisation process. The provision of declaring an agricultural land as non-agricultural land was implemented in view of the potential use of land for five years. The step has benefited farmers a lot," a government spokesman said in Lucknow on Saturday.
The official added that the rules and regulations for leasing out private land in the state were also simplified.
“Now, account holders can lease out their land for 15 years for agricultural work and 30 years for setting up solar energy plants. The Yogi government has taken several steps in the last four-and-a-half years to make life in villages easy through better infrastructure and improve the quality of life of the rural folk in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.