Arrear of Public Revenue Due on Land, Cost of Process, Defaulter, Land-

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the recovery of arrears of public
revenue in the State of Kerala
Preamble.- WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the laws relating to
the recovery of arrears of public revenue in the State of Kerala ;
BE it enacted in the Nineteenth Year of the Republic of India as follows : –
1. Short title, extent and commencement .- (1) This Act may be called the Kerala
Revenue Recovery Act, 1968.
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Kerala .
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Government may, by notification in the
Gazette, appoint.

  1. Definitions .- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-
    • “arrear of public revenue due on land” means the whole or any portion of any kist or
    instalment of such revenue not paid on the day on which it falls due according to the
    kistbandy or any engagement or usage ;
    • “authorised officer” referred to in any provision of this Act means the officer
    authorised by the Collector under section 73 to exercise the powers or perform the
    functions of the Collector under the provision ;
    • “Collector” means the District Collector or any other officer appointed by the
    Government by name or by virtue of his office to exercise the powers and perform the
    functions of a Collector under this Act ;
    (d) “cost of process” includes-
    • the batta paid under section 76; • the expenses incurred in connection with the attachment of any property and the
    removal, storing and guarding of any property attached; and
    • the cost of publication of sale;
    (e) “defaulter” means a person from whom an arrear of public revenue due on land is
    due, and includes a person who is responsible as surety for the payment of any such
    arrear ;
    (f) “District Collector” or “Collector of the district” means the chief officer in charge of
    the revenue administration of a district and includes an acting or officiating District
    (g) “land-holder” means the registered holder for the time being of any land and
    includes his legal representatives and assigns and any person who, under the law for the
    time being in force, is liable for the payment of the public revenue due on the land held
    by him;
    (h) “movable property” includes growing crops;
    • “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;.

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