This Act empowers the Minister to declare any land settlement scheme to be a public work under section 3 of the Acquisition of Land for Public Purposes Act. A land settlement scheme is defined as including any project intended to secure land for the establishment of farmers as an organized settlement or for distribution by sale, lease or otherwise to persons individually for agricultural purposes. The Act further provides for (assessment of) compensation, power to acquire land by lease.
Amends: Acquisition of Lands For Public Purposes Act (Cap. 62:05). (2001)
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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.