Consolidation Process
  1. The State Government, under Sections 4 (1)/ 4 (2) of the  Consolidation of Holdings Act issues a communique for conducting the consolidation exercise in villages. Subsequently the Consolidation Commissioner issues a notification under Sections 4 (2)/ 4 KA (2) for initiating the consolidation exercise. As a result of this notification, all litigations pertaining to land in those villages pending in the revenue courts are abated. Thereon, any land holder cannot use his land holding for any purpose other than agriculture without prior permission from the Settlement Officer Consolidation.
  2. After the publication of the notification under Sections 4 (2)/ 4 KA (2) the consolidation committee is constituted in the village from amongst the members of the land management committee. This committee provides advice and cooperation to the consolidation officials at every stage of the consolidation exercise.
  3. Thereafter the Consolidation Lekhpal visits the village and makes changes in the land as per the provisions of the Section-7 of the rules. The consolidation employee conducts survey as per provisions of Section-8, and records in Proforma 2 (KA) the situation such as the physical location of the land blocks, trees, wells, means of irrigation and other elevations. The mistakes found in the account book (Khatauni) are recorded in Proforma 4.
  4.  After his inspection, the Assistant Consolidation Officer in consultation with the consolidation committee prescribes the exchange ratio on the basis of the physical location of land blocks, production, elevation etc. Under Section 21 of the rules, the description of the basis of consolidation is prepared, in which the percentage of reduction, reservation of land for public purposes, and principles adopted during the consolidation exercise are mentioned.
  5. To acquaint the land-holder with these formalities completed at the preliminary stage, the Proforma-5 is distributed under the provisions of Section 9. Thus, every land-holder comes to know about the status of his land account and the area of the land block , along with mistakes if any.
  6. On the basis of information mentioned in Proforma-5 and the objections received from land account holders, the Assistant Consolidation Officer/ Consolidation officer makes in the records and orders are issued. Those having disagreement with such orders can file an appeal with the Survey and Settlement Officer (Consolidation). The objections are disposed under Section-9 and a revised land account book (Khatauni) is prepared under Section-10, in which the errors related to the land are shown as corrected.
  7. A consolidation scheme is prepared by the Assistant Consolidation Officer in consultation with the consolidation committee and as per the provisions of Section-20 the part-1 of Proforma-23 is distributed. In this, the division of land holdings of the land-holder, along with the description of the proposed land holding. Anyone having disagreement with these can file objection with the Consolidation officer, and file an appeal with the Survey and Settlement Officer (Consolidation), and get redress.
  8. The consolidation scheme proposed by the Survey and Settlement Officer (Consolidation) is ratified under Section-23, after which the account-holders are given possession over new land blocks. Any account-holder having disagreement with this can file an appeal in the court of the Deputy Director Consolidation under Section-48 and get redress.
  9. The final land settlement record is prepared under Section-27 in which Proforma 41 and Proforma 45 are prepared, and a new map is drawn. In this new blocks are made in place of the previous ones. The entire process is checked properly at every stage.
  10. Consolidation process is a phased activity.
  11. The maximum time period prescribed for consolidation process to be completed in villages is five years.