Statement of Objects and Reasons appended to the Constitution
      (Thirty-fourth Amendment) Bill, 1974 which was enacted as
         the Constitution (Thirty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1974


The  Chief Ministers' Conference held on the 23rd July, 1972, had made
important suggestions with regard to reduction in the level of ceiling
on  land holdings, application of ceiling on the basis of land held by
a  family  and the withdrawing of exemptions.  The suggestions of  the
Chief  Ministers' Conference were accepted by the Government of  India
and  necessary guidelines were issued to the State Governments for the
revision of ceiling laws.

2.   It is proposed to amend the Ninth Schedule to the Constitution to
include  therein  the  revised  ceiling laws which have  so   far  been
enacted in broad conformity with the aforesaid guidelines so that they
may  have the protection under article 31B of the Constitution and any
uncertainty or doubt that may arise in regard to the validity of those
laws  is removed.  In addition, two Acts dealing with the abolition of
intermediary  tenures  are also proposed to be included in  the  Ninth
Schedule, namely, the Bihar Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1972 and the
Gudalur  Janmam Estates (Abolition and Conversion into Ryotwari)  Act,
1969, so that they may also have the same protection.

3. The Bill seeks to achieve this object.


The 29th April, 1974.


[7th September, 1974.]

An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.

BE  it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-fifth Year of the  Republic
of India as follows:-

1.    Short   title.-This   Act  may   be   called   the    Constitution
(Thirty-fourth Amendment)) Act, 1974.

2.   Amendment  of  Ninth   Schedule.-In  the  Ninth  Schedule  to  the
Constitution, after entry 66 and before the Explanation, the following
entries shall be inserted, namely:-

"67.   The  Andhra  Pradesh   Land  Reforms  (Ceiling  on  Agricultural
Holdings) Act, 1973 (Andhra Pradesh Act 1 of 1973).

68.   The Bihar Land Reforms (Fixation of Ceiling Area and Acquisition
of Surplus Land) (Amendment) Act, 1972 (Bihar Act I of 1973).

69.   The Bihar Land Reforms (Fixation of Ceiling Area and Acquisition
of Surplus Land) (Amendment) Act, 1973 (Bihar Act IX of 1973).

70.   The  Bihar  Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1972 (Bihar Act  V  of

71.   The  Gujarat  Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment)  Act,  1972
(Gujarat Act 2 of 1974).

72.  The Haryana Ceiling on Land Holdings Act, 1972 (Haryana Act 26 of

73.  The Himachal Pradesh Ceiling on Land Holdings Act, 1972 (Himachal
Pradesh Act 19 of 1973).

74.   The Kerala Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1972 (Kerala Act 17  of

75.   The Madhya Pradesh Ceiling on Agricultural Holdings  (Amendment)
Act, 1972 (Madhya Pradesh Act 12 of 1974),

76.   The  Madhya  Pradesh Ceiling on   Agricultural  Holdings  (Second
Amendment) Act, 1972 (Madhya Pradesh Act 13 of 1974).

77.  The Mysore Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1973 (Karnataka Act 1 of

78.  The Punjab Land Reforms Act, 1972 (Punjab Act 10 of 1973).

79.  The[[B Rajasthan Imposition of Ceiling on Agricultural Holdings
Act, 1973 (Rajasthan Act 11 of 1973).

80.   The  Gudalur  Janmam   Estates  (Abolition  and  Conversion  into
Ryotwari) Act, 1969 (Tamil Nadu Act 24 of 1969).

81.   The West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1972 (West  Bengal
Act XII of 1972).

82.   The West Bengal Estates Acquisition (Amendment) Act, 1964  (West
Bengal Act XXII of 1964).

83.   The West Bengal Estates Acquisition (Second Amendment) Act, 1973
(West Bengal Act XXXIII of 1973).

84.   The  Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands  (Gujarat  Amendment)
Act, 1972 (Gujarat Act 5 of 1973).

85.   The  Orissa Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Orissa Act 9  of

86.  The Tripura Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Second Amendment) Act,
1974 (Tripura Act 7 of 1974).".


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