In a major decision which has far-reaching effect, the AP State government has withdrawn Gramkantam lands from the purview of section-22A of Registration Act 1908. This GO Ms No. 187 issued recently by Revenue (Assn-I) Department will enable thousands of occupants of houses situated in Gramakantam lands in 13 districts of AP to become legal owners of their houses and eligible for registration without any hindrance.
At present, the lands of Gramkantam are treated as Govt. lands and are in prohibitory list for registration and sub-registrars in registration offices are insisting for NOC from revenue authorities for registration of any property situated in Gramakantam lands.
Complying with a series of High Court orders which said Gramakantam lands could never be treated as lands belonging to the Govt and it cannot claim right or title, the State govt has directed all the District Collectors to withdraw the Gramakantam lands from the list of properties prohibited from registration and furnished to the registering officers under section 22-A of the Registration Act 1908.
When the same issue was brought to the notice of B R Meena, Principal Secretary, TS government, and asked if similar relief will be given to occupants of Gramkantam lands in Telangana, Meena said that the petitioner in the High court case belongs to the AP State. Hence there is no such proposal to issue similar GO in Telangana as there is no direction from any court to the TS government in this matter.