Highlights

Ram Nath Kovind President of India assented the Gujarat Distributed Area act Amendment Bill, 2019 on 12 october 2020. The amendment will prohibit transfer of assets that is the immovable property in disturbed areas. Also, it will protect the tenants from vacating the property.

Gujarat prohibition of transfer of immovable property and provision for protection of tenants from eviction from premises in disturbed areas act 1991 is commonly referred to as Disturbed Areas act, 1976.

Amendment

The main objective of the Disturbed Area Act Amendment bill, 2020 is to check on elements that cause demographic imbalance and to stop polarisation. Gujarat Disturbed Area Act will prohibit sale of property from one religious community to another religious community in the disturbed areas. An area can be declared disturbed area by the district collector based on a history of communal riots in the area. The transfer of assets cannot be done without the approval of the district collector.

Penalty

An offender under the provisions of the act has to pay a fine of Rs 100,000 or 10 per cent of value of the property. He can be imprisoned for three to five years for acquiring properties to illegal means in disturbed areas.

 Backdrop

Gujarat Disturbed Area Act is being amended as several complaints were received by the govt officials on skirting the provisions of the act and taking advantages of its loopholes. Earlier the collector only had to see the seller sending the property personally. It has come to notice that several Anti-Social elements are buying and selling properties in these regions by threatening people. Thus the act is being amended to pluck the legal loopholes.

Gujarat‘s Disturbed areas

Currently the disturbed area Gujarat Disturbed Area Act is applicable to certain regions of Gujarat such as Ahmedabad, Bharuch, Godhra, Himmatnagar, kapadvanj, Vadodara and Surat.

In 1986, Gujarat Disturbed Area Act was first introduced in Ahmedabad due to large scale and continuous riots in the City.

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