Preparation of record of lands on which jute was grown in any year
3. (1) The Government may, by notification, direct that, for the whole of the areas to which this Act extends or for such part thereof as may for any special reason or purpose be specified in the notification, a record shall be prepared of all lands on which jute was grown by any grower of jute in such year as may be specified in the notification, and the Director of Land Records shall thereupon, in the prescribed manner and form, cause such a record to be prepared.
(2) The Government may, by notification, also direct that, in the area specified in the notification or in any part of such area, any grower of jute may, within the period, in the manner and to the authority specified in sub section (2) of section 4, apply to have entered in the record the nature of any land in his possession on which no crop other than jute can be grown:
Provided that after the records having been prepared under this sub section, persons having acquired newly accreted char lands and other reclaimed areas on which jute can be grown, may apply to the Government or an officer authorised in this behalf by the Government, have records of such lands and the Government or the authorised officer thereupon may cause an enquiry to be made and records of such lands prepared under this sub section.
(3) The Government may, by notification, further direct that, in the area specified in the notification or in any part of such area, any grower of jute may, within the period, in the manner and to the authority specified in sub section (2) of section 4, apply to have entered in the record any land in his possession on which, in any one of the three years immediately preceding the year specified in the notification, he or his predecessor-in interest grew jute in excess of the total area of land on which he grew jute in the year specified in the notification.
(4) For the purposes of preparing the record referred to in sub section (1), a recording officer, or any Government servant authorised by the Collector by general or special order in this behalf, may enter upon, examine in such manner as he thinks fit, and make a survey of, any land on which he has reason to believe that jute was grown in the said year by any grower of jute and, subject to the rules, may-
(a) publish, in the prescribed manner and form, a notice requiring any grower of jute and any other person whose attendance appears to him to be necessary, to attend before him at the time and place specified in the notice and to furnish such information as he may require or to produce any document specified in the notice, and
(b) receive and record any information given, and examine any document produced, by any grower of jute.
(5) After publication of a notice under sub section (4), every grower of jute and other person to whom such notice is directed shall, either personally or by an authorised agent, attend before the recording officer at the time and place specified in the notice and shall, as the case may be, furnish such information as the recording officer may require or produce such document as may be specified in the notice.
Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub section the expression “authorised agent” means a person employed, with authority expressed or implied, to represent before a recording officer a grower of jute or other person to whom a notice under sub section (4) has been directed.
(6) No person shall be entitled to compensation for any damage done in good faith to any land or to any crop thereon in connection with any entry, examination or survey made under sub section (4).