This Act establishes the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission as a body corporate. The Commission shall be the successor to the Lands and Surveys Department. Its functions shall be to take charge of and supervise all public lands, rivers and creeks in Guyana, to carry out various surveys ob land and water resources of Guyana, to control and administer land surveys in Guyana, to establish and maintain a national survey control system, to evaluate offers for public land and to issue grants or leases of public lands, to monitor and enforce conditions on which public land is sold or let, to make and maintain records on public land as required by law, to collect moneys in relation to selling or letting of public land, to prepare land use plans in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act, and various other functions relating to management and conservation of public land set out in section 4. The Commission may delegate functions pursuant to section 5. The Commission shall be governed by a Board which shall be constituted and shall operate in accordance with provisions set out in the Schedule to this Act. The Minister may give the Commission directions in writing of a general character not inconsistent with provisions of this Act (sect. 30). Regulation making powers of the Commission are defined in section 39.
Amends: Lands Department Act (Cap. 59:01). (1985)
Amends: Land Surveyors Act (Cap. 97:01). (1999)
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence.