Bengal Tenancy Bill, a Speech

Bengal Tenancy Bill, a Speech

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...these distinctions, and endeavoured, though as we have seen with imperfect success, to define and protect the rights of the khudkasht or settled raiyat. But there is a great deal to be said for basing legislation on the second of these distinctions. We might, I think, very fairly say to the zamindars--This private, sir or khamar land is, and shall be, your own in a special and exclusive sense. You may do as you like with it: keep it in hand, or let it out precisely as you please. Of this land you shall be not only the actual but the absolute or exclusive proprietor. But as to the raiyati land, there your proprietary rights are, and shall be, limited by the rights of the occupying cultivators. You shall have your due share of the produce, but we will adhere to the old law and custom of the country, and prevent you from interfering with the occupier as long as he pays rent at the established rate.' The great advantage of basing the law on this distinction would be, that it would entirely get rid of the elements of irritation and conflict necessarily inherent in any rule which declares that rights shall be acquired by occupation during a specified period of time. It will be seen, from the papers which we shall lay before you, that the Government of India one time proposed to legislate on these lines, but in deference to very high authority, and to the suggestion that such legislation would involve too serious a departure from the principles contained in the Act of 1859, we have ultimately determined to embody in our Bill the 12-years' rule, with modifications which I will presently explain. "I am now in a position to describe the principal provisions of the Bill which I am asking for leave to introduce. The Bill will be accompanied by a...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970845
  • 9781236970848