The Minister may, by Order, direct that the provisions of this Act shall apply to an agreement of purchase of property by the Government ("vesting order") (sect. 3). All assets and liabilities of the vendor acquired by the State under the purchase agreement shall, without further assurance, be transferred and vested in the State on the coming into operation of the vesting order (subsect. 4.1).
The 16 sections of the Act are divided into 5 Parts: Short Title, Commencement and Interpretation (I); Administration (II); Persons to Whom this Act shall not Apply (III); Imposition of Property Tax (IV); Returns, Assessments, Appeals, Payment, recovery and Repayment, and Offences, Etc. (V). (2 Schedules)
The Act provides for the resumption of Lands alienated by the State which are abandoned for eight or more years by the owners thereof and of which the owner cannot be ascertained (sect. 3).
This Act provides that the owners of (undivided) shares in any land representing more than 51 percent in any area may present a petition to the Minister for the partitioning or re-allotment of land. The Minister may appoint an officer to partition and re-allot (sect. 6). The powers of such officer are specified in section 7 to 12.
The regulations contain provisions on the use of the "main trail" and the ferry crossing at Kurupukari.
Implements: State Lands Act 1903 (Cap. 62:01). (1953)
This Act establishes the Deeds Registry as a body corporate. This authority shall carry out functions assigned to it under various laws including the Deeds Registry Act. The Registrar and the Deputy Registrar shall be appointed by the Minister. The Act also establishes an Advisory Board of the Registry. The Board shall advise the Minister and the Registrar.
The Act declares plans or diagrams based on surveys carried out by means of low altitude photography to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Lands to have the same effect for all purposes as if it had been prepared under the Land Surveyors Act. (2 sections)
The Act makes provision for the collection of taxes on acres of land imposed by Parliament. Rates of levy may vary according to the use of (arable) land. The proprietor of any plantation or any land of which any acreage tax is payable, shall provide the Commissioner of Land each year with a return in Form 1 contained in the Schedule. (12 sections and 1 Schedule)
The Regulations define the rights of the Amerindians to occupy a portion of the ungranted and unlicensed State lands for the purpose of residence. The Amerindians may not clear the forest or cultivate any ungranted land other than specified in these Regulations (reg. 5).
This Act establishes the right of a joint owner of land to recover an amount paid as potion of repayment of a government loan charged upon a plantation in co-ownership. Conditions for the right of summary recovery are acting in good faith of the paying co-owner and for purposes of preventing proceedings by parate execution being taken against the plantation.