Agricultural Land, Collector, Holding, Homestead, Land, Non-Agricultural
Land, Non-Agricultural Tenant, Occupier, Raiyat
n Act ro provide fur tl~eacqrlisirion of land otr wlricl~I~on~estead
AMENDED . .
has been cons~nrc~edand serrlel~lenlof nrrh ILIII~~~iri~ [he person ill
WHER~Sil is expedien~lo provide for the acquisirion of land on
which homestead hasbeen constructed and selclemenl 01such land with
thc person in possession thereof;
It is hereby enacted in Ihe Twentieth Ycwof Ihe Republic of India,
by Ihe Legisla(urc of West Bengal, as follows:-
- (1) This Act may bc calIed [he West Bengal Acquisition and Short lillc
Settlemcnl of Homestead Land Act, 1969.
(2) It exrends 10the whole of Wesl Bengal, excepl the areas to which
the provisions of the Calculra Municipal Act, 1951, the Hownh Municipal
Act, 1965, the Bengal Municipal Act, 1932, the Cooch Bchar Town
Cornmiltee Act, 1903, the Cooch Behar Municipal ACL, 1944, the
Chandcrnagore Municipal Act, 1955, and the Can~onrnenlsAct, 1924
- In his Act, unless here is anything rcpugnanlin ihe subject or Dcfinitians.
(a) “agricultural land” means land ordinarily used forpurposes
of agriculture or horticulture and includes such land,
notwithstanding [hat it may be lying fallow for the lime
‘For Sra~ementor Objecrs and Rmons, src rhc Cnkirrra Cuzare, Errraordinar):
Pan1VA of rhc251hJunc. 1969, page 2053: Tor pmccdings ofthc Wcsl Bengsl Legishlivc
Asscmbly. Jce rhc pmcedings oi rhc mccling olrhai Asscmbly hcld on 8rh July. 1969.The West Bengal Acquisifi~nar~dSettlen~e~rrof Homesreod
[West Ben. Aci :
@) “Collector” means the Colleclor of a district and includes
an Additional District Mngistrale or any other officer
appointed by the Slale Governmenr 10 discharge any of the
funcdons of a Collec~orunder this Act;
(c) “holding” means ~hcIand or lands held by a ruiyas and
treated as a unir Tor assessment of revenue;
(d) “homes~ead”has the same meaning as in the We51 Bengal West Bcn.
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Estares Acquisition Acl, 1953;
(e) “land” includcs both agricultural land and non-agricultural
(0 “non-agricultural Imd” means land other than agricultural
land or other than land comprised in a forest;
(g) “non-agricul~uraltenant” means a non-agricullural tenanr as
defined in heWest Bengal Non-Agriculmral Tenancy Act,
(h) “occupier”means a person who is in possession of any land
of another person wilhour any inreresl therein based on tille
and who holds no land or not more Lhan -8094 hectare of
land either as owncr or tenant thereof and includes the heirs
of such person;
(i) “prescrikd” means prescribed by rub made under this Act;
(j) “raiya~”means a person who holds land for purposes of
ACLnot to 3. Nothing in this Act shall apply to any Iand-
(a) belonging to. or taken on lease or rcquisilioned by,
(b) belonging to, or taken on lease by, any local authori~y.
- Where an occupier has constructed a homestead on the land in
his possession and has been residing therein ‘[from before the
cornmencemenl of this Act, he may, within five years from the dale of
such commencement),make an application, insuch manner and conlaining
such particulars ‘as may be prescribed, to the Collcctor having
(a) if the land in his possession does not exceed -0334 hectare,
for seltling the land with him; and
(b) if the land in his possession exceeds -0334 heclare, for
selrling -0334 hectare of such land wilh him on which his
homesrad has been consmcted.
‘Words within hcsqum bnckcb wcrc substitu~cdfor the words “conrinuously Tor
3 pcridor no1 lcss than 1hwc years irnrncdilltly kfore Ihc date 01 coming into force of
this Aa,he may. within rwo yearn Tmrn such dalt” by s. 2 01thc Wv.1 Bengal Acquisition
and Selllcmcnt olHomeslead hd(Amendmenr) Acr, 1972 (Wcsl Ben. Acr XXXLV O[
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