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Lok Sabha passed Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill 2014

Dec 16, 2014 09:14 IST

Lok Sabha on 15 December 2014 passed the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014.

The Bill seeks to amend the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971.

Provisions of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014
•    The Bill proposes to make suitable amendments in Sections 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 of the 1971 Act.
•    The bill redefines public premises to include companies in which at least 51 percent of the paid-up share capital is held by Central and state governments.
•    Out of 20 suggestions given by the Supreme Court in its 2013 judgment about unauthorized occupancy, 18 have been incorporated in the Bill.
•    The bill seeks to bring the properties of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and other Metro Rails which may come up in future and also the properties of New Delhi Municipal Council within the ambit of the 1971 Act.

Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971
The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 was enacted to provide for speedy machinery for the eviction of unauthorised occupants from public premises. Earlier, this Act has been amended thrice in the years 1980, 1984 and 1994.

The fourth amendment bill, Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2011 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 23 November 2011. The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Urban Development.

The Committee in its Report had made some observations and recommendations to the Bill. Moreover, the Supreme Court in its judgment in July 2013 had given 20 suggestions to speed up the vacation of unauthorised occupants from the Public Premises.

However, with the dissolution of 15th Lok Sabha, the  Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2011 lapsed.

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