The Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a bill amending the Karnataka Land Reforms Act to hike the annual income limit from Rs.2 lakh to Rs 25 lakh from sources other than agricultural land to acquire any land.

This was being done taking into consideration the revision of Rupee value since 1995, according to the bill tabled by Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad, which said it considers it necessary to amend the Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1961 (Karnataka Act 10 of 1962).

The bill empowers Deputy Commissioner instead of Assistant Commissioner to grant permission for non agriculturist to purchase agriculture land under section 80 to take more caution while granting such permission.

It also enhances the power of the government and the Deputy Commissioner excisable on behalf of the government to grant the land in any area to exempt from the provisions of section 63, 79A, 79B of the Act.

Critical about the amendments being made to the Act, senior Congress leader Ramesh Kumar said that it was not discussed within the party circles.

He said government should be careful before bringing amendments to the Act like this that has its own history that was brought in by the Devaraj Urs government.

Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa questioned the urgency in bringing amendment to the Act.