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Cantonment Areas and Land Management Restructuring



  Apr 11, 2024

Cantonment Areas and Land Management Restructuring



What are cantonment areas?

Cantonment areas are special military zones in India, established during the British era, where armed forces are stationed and military activities are conducted.

How are cantonment areas governed?

They are governed by the Cantonments Act of 2006, which delineates these areas for the quartering and accommodation of the Army.

What is the role of cantonment boards?

Cantonment boards are responsible for the administration of these areas, ensuring the provision of civic amenities like water supply, sanitation, roads, schools, and hospitals to military personnel and civilians.

What changes are being made to land management in cantonment areas?

The central government has initiated the transfer of administrative control over land under 10 cantonment boards to respective state local bodies, affecting approximately 20,000 acres of land.

Which cantonments are undergoing this transition?

The transition includes cantonments across five states, such as Ramgarh, Deolali, Dehradun, Clement Town, Mathura, Babina, Shahjahanpur, Fatehgarh, Nasirabad, and Ajmer.

Why is this restructuring happening?

This move is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to dismantle colonial-era governance structures and move towards a more integrated and locally governed approach.

Will the ownership of lands under the Armed Forces change?

No, the ownership of lands under the Armed Forces and central government remains unchanged, securing the strategic interests of the military.

What is the aim of this reformation?

The reformation aims to streamline governance and enhance the delivery of civic services, such as birth and death certificate issuance, water supply, sewerage connections, and building plan approvals



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