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Freeing “dotted lands”

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Source: IE


The government of Andhra Pradesh has initiated the process of freeing “dotted lands,” which are disputed lands with unclear ownership documents. These lands, identified as British-era dotted lands, are being permanently denotified, allowing farmers who own them full rights over the lands. Over 2 lakh acres of such lands have been identified for denotification. The move aims to provide clear land ownership documents to farmers who have been cultivating these lands for more than 12 years, enabling them to access financial assistance, sell or gift the lands, and enjoy all usual rights as landowners.


Usage: The example can be used to showcase land reforms by state governments.