The Naveen Pattnaik government in Odisha has eased the means for the hamlet to make them revenue villages. Thus, as many as four thousand hamlets in Odisha will soon convert to revenue villages.

Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik, on Wednesday, approved a proposal in this regard. And the government has issued guidelines.

Hamlets 500 meters away from the root village and having 250 populations can now get a revenue village status. Hamlets located within 500 meters from the root villages can also win this status provided they have 300 people there. However, a naturally cut off hamlet does not need a populations level of 250 to be eligible for a revenue village tag.

As per the new guideline, limit reservation of Gochar and communal land will cease to be a condition while upgrading the hamlets to a revenue village. People of the newly made revenue village will continue to have access to the Gochar and communal land with the people of the root village.

Several demands for creating new revenue villages had been left unconsidered because they could not fulfil the communal land criteria.

After the relaxation of the land condition,4000 hamlets will become revenue villages now. And people there will get benefits from developmental schemes.

At present, there are 54 thousand revenue villages in Odisha.

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