Recovery of Damages to Property Act: Haryana
S N Arya, the present governor of Haryana has given approval for the implementation of the Haryana Recovery of Damages to Property Bill that was passed in March 2021. According to this act (previously Bill) damages to property incurred due to any form of protesting will be recovered from the protestors. Such damages include destroying hops, vendor carts, houses, public and private vehicles, government offices and any other such public properties etc.
This bill was presented as the Haryana Recovery of Damages to Property During Disturbance to Public Order Bill, 2021, a bill very similar to the one passed in Uttar Pradesh (Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Property Act, 2020).
Provisions under the Act
- Compensation to the victims will be provided under this act.
- A claims tribunal will be created under this Act. This tribunal will look into the damages caused and will assess the compensation that is to be paid.
- Any property damages caused by protestors will be recovered from the pockets of the protestors itself.
- The tribunal can also charge a simple interest of 6% on the compensation to be awarded.
- Any person who does not accept the award passed by the tribunal can approach the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
- Civil courts will have no jurisdiction to ask questions regarding any rulings made by the claims tribunal.
- If someone wants to appeal against the tribunal’s order, they will have to first deposit 20% of the compensation amount with the collector.
Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya
Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar