Odisha Govt Issues Guidelines To Declare 4,000 Hamlets As Revenue Villages

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has streamlined processes to facilitate declaration of more than 4000 hamlets as revenue villages. The Revenue & Disaster Management Department has issued a set of guidelines to District Collectors in this regard.

The declaration of these hamlets as revenue villages will ensure these revenue units to get the benefits of the government’s developmental schemes and programmes said an official press release.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved a proposal of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department for streamlining the process of creation of new revenue villages out of hamlets.

Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Department Bishnupada Sethi has asked the district collectors to follow the guidelines approved by the Chief Minister in this regard.

As per the new guidelines, the hamlet to be declared as a new revenue village is to be located more than half a kilometre from the mother revenue village with a population of 250 or more.

Similarly, a hamlet to be declared as new revenue village lying within half a kilometre from the mother village should have a population of more than 300.

Hamlet separated from mother village by a natural barrier can be reorganised as a new revenue village even if the population of the hamlet is less than 250.

Sethi has categorically asked the district collectors not to insist upon reservation limit for Gochar and Communal land for creation of a new revenue village out of the existing mother village.

However, residents of the newly carved out village shall still have access to existing Gochar and Communal land situated in mother village.

Sethi has clarified that all Communal as well as Gochar lands etc. shall be Common Property Resources (CPR) for both the villages.

Under the existing revenue laws, there is no specific provision for reservation of land up to a particular extent for Gochar and Communal purpose in connection with creation of a new revenue village out of a hamlet.

The matter of creation of new villages has been agitated several times in the Legislative Assembly and other forums. Most of the proposals were not being considered in view of shortage of Gochar & Communal land.

Certain executive instructions issued long back for reservation of land in course of settlement and consolidation operation have been misinterpreted by field officers when considering the creation of a new revenue village.

By not creating new revenue villages, the State was also being deprived of resources that would have been otherwise available under different Government grants/ schemes.

“By not insisting upon reservation limit, State will now create approximately 4000 new villages which would benefit the people,” said Sethi while informing the district collectors that these directives shall supersede all previous instructions of the government in this matter.