Mangaluru, Dec 7, 2016: MLC Ivan D’Souza said that more than one lakh families will benefit from the rules for the Karnataka Conferment of Ownership on Mulageni or Volamulageni Tenants Bill, 2011, to be framed by the state government. He said that the government notified the rules on November 7, 2016. As there was no objection to the draft rules published on October 6, 2016, the government has notified the rules. The Bill is for a system peculiar to the two coastal districts. It entitles the Mulagenidar (tenant) to outright purchase, from the Mulidar (landlord), land for which the tenant had been paying an annual rent as lease and become the owner.
Disposing applications : The local MLC explained that the state has appointed the tahsildar as the authority to dispose the applications of Mulageni tenants desiring to acquire ownership of the holding in their possession. After enquiry, the authority will decide on the amount payable to the Mulidars (landlord) or Mulgars.
He said that he had brought the issue of tahsildars not being ready to dispose the applications of Mulageni tenants to the notice of Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa at the session in Belagavi. The minister had said that a competent authority had already been instructed in this regard. He also promised to visit Mangaluru shortly and convene a meeting of revenue officials to direct them to implement the Bill effectively.
To a query on Mulgars’ Association filing a writ petition before the Karnataka High Court against the Mulageni Act, Ivan D’Souza said that as the state government has framed a Bill to help the Mulageni tenants, the Court judgement is likely to be in favour of the tenants.
Kambala : MLC D’Souza said that it is not right to ban Kambala, a traditional folk game of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district. The Court should not judge Jallikattu and Kambala equally. There is a difference between Jallikattu and Kambala. He hoped that the Court decision will be in favour of the Kambala organisers in the state.