This Act makes provision for the compulsory acquisition by the State of private land which results not to be beneficially occupied for a certain period of time so as to ensure rational use of such land. The Commissioner of Lands is empowered to enter upon lands to investigate whether parcel of land is beneficially occupied. The Minister may issue a notice to the owner of a land if he holds that such land is not beneficially occupied. The notice specifies a time limit and the manner in which that land shall be beneficially occupied. Non compliance may cause, after inspection by the Commissioner or any other public officer empowered by the Minister, compulsory acquisition by the State of the land. After the order of acquisition dealings with the land being under order shall be suspended. The remaining provisions deal with registration of the order and some other matters. (14 sections)
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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.
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