Boostrapping : EAS.15 - Collecting land rent on GoI owned land
Proposed administrative procedure - EAS.15
Equality   over   rent   from   GoI-owned   lands
Pre-requiste readings :
EAS.01 -- Equal Allowance System over Underground Water
- Problem : Free loading
- Solution : EAS.15
- Details of EAS.15
- Advantages of EAS.15
- Draft of the act to create procedure EAS.15
Thousands of land plots owned by District, State or Central Govt, measuring into lakhs of acres and valuing several lakhs of crores of rupees, are being used by Govt or PRIVATE bodies. I see nothing wrong in that, except that, many of these govt/private bodies are NOT paying even a penny of rent.
Solution? The rent should be collected, and distributed equally amongst ALL citizens, who own this land. This will reduce poverty without imposing tax on anyone.
Solution : EAS.15
- Only the following govt bodies will be exempt from rent
- Military, and supporting industries
- Schools from class I-XII owned by Govt
- Medical schools and hospitals owned by Govt
- Public transportation such as roads, rails, bus stations, train stations etc
- Land used for forests and public parks
- Land used for water supply like irrigation canals, pumping stations etc
- Land used by Postal Service
- Other than that, every unit, be private or govt-owned, will have to pay the rent of the land it is occupying to the District. This will include govt dept like Ministry of Tourism, Dept of Higher (collage) Education, PSUs like SAIL, ONGC etc and also include colleges like IIMs, IITs, JNU etc.
- The District will divide the land rent equally amongst ALL citizen-residents, with higher weightage to elders and those with lesser children. (I will later specify the details).
- The rent will be (market_price * FD_interest_rate). The market price will be based on transactions of past 5 years in the area surrounding. And FD_interest_rate will average of interest rates offered by banks for 5-year FDs.
Details of EAS.15
The rent from District-owned land will be decided as follows
- The Mayor, with approval of District Panchayat, will appoint an officer titled as Land Rent Collection Officer.
- The citizens may replace Land Rent Collection Officer using RLPP.
- If a plot is owned by District Govt, and used by ANY private or GoI-owned agency, the Rent Collection Officer will decide the market value.
- The rent will (market_price * FD_interest_rate), FD_interest_rate being the interest rate offered by RBI for 5 year deposits.
- If the land user feels that value assessed by Rent Collector is higher than market value, they may approach the District Grand Jurors, who will appoint a Jury. The decision of Jury on value of land plot owned by District will be final.
- If the user of the land believes it should be exempt from land rent, it may approach District Grand Jury, who will appoint a Jury consisting of 24 citizens to decide if the agency should exempt from land rent or not. The District Jury decides that the agency should NOT be exempt from land rent, the agency MUST pay the rent or vacate the land. If the Jury decides that agency should be exempt from rent, the Rent Collector can collect the rent ONLY if over 50% of ALL citizen-voters approve using LM.01.
- If a plot is owned by State/Central govt, the Rent Collector cannot collect any rent from the user of that plot.
- If a plot is owned by State Govt, and if a citizen has evidences to show that the user does NOT serve any public benefit, he may request the State's High Court's Grand Jurors to transfer the land to District. If the Grand Jurors see truth in the evidences presented, they may summon Jurors to decide the case. If the Jury of the State High Court decides to transfer the plot to District, the plot will become District's property, and the Rent Collector may collect the rent there after.
- If a plot is owned by Central Govt, and if a citizen has evidences to show that the user does NOT serve any public benefit, he may request the Supreme Court's Grand Jurors to transfer the land to District. If the Grand Jurors see truth in the evidences presented, they may summon Jurors to decide the case. If the Jury of the Supreme Court decides to transfer the plot to District, the plot will become District's property, and the Rent Collector may collect the rent there after.
- The Land Rent Collection Officer will divide the land rent equally amongst the citizen-residents of the district.
Draft of the act to create procedure EAS.15
Three laws are needed to be passed to enact EAS.15 --- one in Parliament, another in State Assembly and third in District Panchayat.
To see the drafts of the laws, please click here.
Now citizens can ask MPs, MLAs and Panchayat Members to pass this Act. But IMO, it will be wiser for citizens to first enact procedure LM.01-03, and then use LM.01-03 to pass this EAS.15 draft WITHOUT any help from MPs, MLAs and District Panchayat members.
To know about procedure LM.01, please click here , to know about procedure LM.02, please click here and to know about procedure LM.03, please click here.
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