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Under Land Revenue Act, What is Muddat and what are its uses?

In Karnataka Land Revenue Act, Muddat refers to the time limit set by the government for a landholder to cultivate their land. The term “Muddat” comes from the Arabic word “Muddah,” which means a fixed period or duration. It is used to determine the occupancy and ownership rights of a landholder over a particular piece of land.

As per the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, Muddat is defined as the period of three years, during which a landholder must cultivate the land. If the landholder fails to cultivate the land during this period, the government has the right to take possession of the land and lease it out to others.

Muddat is primarily used to prevent land hoarding and encourage cultivation of agricultural land. The Karnataka government aims to ensure that land is used for productive purposes and not left idle, which can lead to food scarcity and affect the state’s economy.

The Karnataka Land Revenue Act specifies that if a landholder cultivates the land for the entire period of Muddat, they will be considered the occupant of the land, and the occupancy rights will be transferred to them. This means that the landholder will have the right to use the land for agricultural purposes, and the government cannot take possession of the land or lease it out to others.

If the landholder fails to cultivate the land during the Muddat period, the government may take possession of the land and lease it out to others for cultivation. The lease is usually granted for a period of three years, and the landholder can regain possession of the land by resuming cultivation within a specified period.

Muddat is also used to determine the land revenue payable by the landholder. If the landholder cultivates the land for the entire period of Muddat, they will be considered the occupant of the land, and the land revenue payable will be determined based on the type of land and the crops grown on it.

Muddat is an important provision in the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, which aims to encourage the productive use of agricultural land and prevent land hoarding. The provision ensures that landholders cultivate their land and use it for productive purposes, which can have a positive impact on the state’s economy and food security.

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