Replying to a question by Kota Srinivasa Poojary (BJP), the minister said tahsildars had been appointed as executive officers for processing the applications and the regularisation process would be completed by March 2016.
The government had invited applications following the governor giving assent to an amendment of Section 94C of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act providing for regularisation of houses built by the poor on government land in rural areas. The last date for filing the application was December 25 last year and only BPL families were eligible to apply.
Prasad said the highest number of applications had been received from Shivamogga (54,435), followed by Dakshina Kannada (46,460) and Belagavi (31,668). The least number of applications were from Chamarajnagar (546).
After scrutiny of applications, possession certificates would be given to the applicants by charging 10 per cent of the guidance value (for 30x40 sites) and 20 per cent of the guidance value (60x40 sites). SC/STs, physically challenged, ex-servicemen and pourakarmikas would be charged five per cent of the guidance value (for 30x40 sites) and 10 per cent of the guidance value (60x40 sites).
Ashwathnarayana (BJP) brought to the notice of the House that Revannasiddeshwara Education Trust had sought 44 acres for construction of a medical college at Avati village of Devanahalli taluk in Bengaluru Rural district.
The member said tradition had it that the village was the birthplace of the founder of Bengaluru Kempe Gowda. The local population was opposed to handing over land to the private institution, Ashwathanarayana said. Prasad said he would look into the matter.