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House Site Patta Issual


This Standing Order governs the assignment of Govt. lands for the purpose of house sites in the villages and towns to the individuals, firms or societies either at free of cost or on payment of market value.

The Rules in the Standing Order are intended to apply to assignment of sites for dwelling houses or cattle sheds and for similar purposes.

The Rules relating to grant of house sites in village and towns in Telangana area are issued in G.O.Ms.No. 1546 Revenue [Q2] Department dated.26-4-1975, which are nevertheless similar to the rules in Andhra area.

  1. Quantum of area to be assigned; Ac 0-03 cents to each member
  2. Regularization of encroachments. The conversion proposals in case of assignment also applicable to house sites and enclosures should be accompanied.
    1. Urban Area [G.O.Ms.No. 3250 Revenue [L] Dept., dated 24.07.1980 read with G.O.Ms.No. 361 Revenue [L] Dept., dt. 15.04.1980.
    2. Rural Area [G.O.Ms.No. 4975 Revenue [C ] Dept., dated 10.12.1980
      1. Eligibility: Income of a family should not exceed Rs. 11,000/- per month [Government Memo. No. 2224/L2/80-1] dated 05.02.1981.
      2. The encroacher shall not possess site or House elsewhere in the town/village.
      3. Each eligible encroacher shall be allotted 50 Sq. meters land or 140 Sq. Yards in the case of unobjectionable porambokes / slums, where the encroacher is proposed to be granted patta, 75% of the market value should be collected for the excess and, if he occupies more than 50 Sq.Meters of land.
      4. Consent of the applicant agreeing to pay market value of the land as fixed by the Government.
      5. Selection of beneficiaries openly in the Gram Sabha, Lay out and list of beneficiaries should be approved by the Divisional Officer.

The important orders issued by the Government on assignment policy from time to time in Andhra and Telangana areas are appended. The orders of Government applicable to both the regions are also appended.

What is meant by Grama Natham Land?

Grama Natham is not a property of the Government and the title cannot be transferred back to the Government under the operation of Tamilnadu act III of 1905, Section 18(1) of 1948 act and land encroachment act of 1905. Grama Natham is defined in law lexicon as a land upon which houses can be built in a village. The terminology "Grama Natham" was brought into existence in order to stress that the land could be used as house sites where the owner of the land could build houses. This was used to differentiate house sites from Government held land such as Inam land (gift land), ryotwari land (currently abolished system of assessment where land revenue was imposed directly on the individual cultivators called ryots), pannai lands and waste lands.

Can Patta be obtained for Grama Natham Land?

In Grama Natham, the first occupier of the land is considered as the rightful owner and generally no Patta is issued to him/her. However it is still possible to apply for Patta when owning a Grama Natham land. Pooramboke land are often compared with Grama Natham. "Poram" means outside and "poke" means revenue record. Hence the complete word "poramboke" can be defined as a land which lies outside the revenue records. By such definitions, any piece of land can be classified either as Privately owned Patta land, Government Poramboke land or Grama Natham land.

Private Patta lands are under the revenue records and hence can be considered to be much easier to own and transact. The availability of Patta can avoid litigation when Government claims that the land is a Poramboke land. This has been the prime reason for higher cost of Patta lands although Grama Natham can also be used for building a house. Purchasing a Grama Natham land can always be a risky investment although legally one can build a house on a Grama Natham land while enjoying the benefits of lower initial cost. These Grama Natham lands may be less liquid when compared to Patta lands as there are fewer buyers for Grama Natham properties. If a Grama Natham property is owned by an individual, applying for Patta is still feasible but is not easy to obtain. It might be important to apply for Patta when owning a Grama Natham land as it might act as a positive attribute where litigations are involved.

Right of Records [RoR]

It contains details regarding ownership of the property. It is an important document pertaining to agricultural lands. It contains details like Survey number, village, district, mandal, khata number, extent of property, owner details, etc.

Record of rights contains details on the original owner of the property and is maintained by the local revenue office. The intention behind this document is to allow farmers to maintain permanent document on ownership of property. Each owner is given a unique khata number and unique RoR is maintained for each village. RoR can be obtained by giving Khata number of the owner. The RoR contains total list of all properties owned by a person in a village. Details like survey number, extent of land, etc. will be given on property.