Total Enbloc Area

Village Nistar Lands (Revenue and) that was transferred to Forest by Blanket Notification of 1958.

Included Enbloc Area

Out of the Total Enbloc Area the lands that was kept by the Forest Department and was to be notified under section 4(1) of the Forest Act of 1927.

Left-Out Area

Out of the Total Enbloc Area lands not found Suitable for Forestry was to be returned to Revenue Department.


A land survey process by which lands from Total Enbloc Area were selected either to be kept by Forest (Included Enbloc Area) or to be returned to Revenue (Left-Out Area).

Notification under Section 4(1) of Forest Act of 1927

This Notification under Section 4(1) is an initial notification of the Govt. which shows intent of the Govt. to acquire land for certain propose. In this case acquiring land for forestry.

De-Notification under Section 34(A)

All ‘Left-Out Area’ needs to be De-Notified under section 34(A), in order to become Revenue Land.

Zamindari System

The Zamindari System was a land revenue collection system introduced under the British Rule in India by the Permanent Settlement Act, 1973. Zamindars were recognized as owners of the lands and were given the rights to collect the rent from the peasants.

Totally De-notified Villages

Entire villages that were issued gazette notifications designating them as having no forest area are referred to as totally de-notified villages in orange area parlance.

Plot De-Notifications

In certain villages, gazette notifications were issued designating certain plots of a village as having no forest area. These are villages with plot de-notifications.


It is a settlement process which takes place every fifteen to twenty years to take stock of all the changes to the land use or land ownership in the state. It is the result of a survey operation and takes place for an area where the survey is completed.

Nistar Land

Nistar refers to the necessities in the carrying on of the business of living. Land set apart for exercise of nistar rights may be timber or fuel reserve; pasture, grass, bir or fodder reserve; burial ground and cremation ground; gaodhan or village site; encamping ground; threshing floor; bazaar (market); skinning ground; manure pit; public purposes such as schools, playgrounds, parks, lanes, drains; and any other purposes that may be prescribed. Nistar lands consisted of tree cover categorised as nistari van (open forest), malguzari/zamindari van (forests on land owned by zamindars and malguzars, revenue van, bade jhad ke jungle, chote jhad ke jungle, ghas (grass), charnoi (grazing) and charagah (pasture).
Ramanathan, Usha. 2002. "Common Land and Common Property Resources." In Land Reforms in India: Issues of Equity in Rural Madhya Pradesh, ed. Praveen K. Jha, 427. New Delhi: Sage

Nistar Patrak

Nistar land is communal land and the nistar patrak provides in particular
a) the terms and conditions on which grazing the cattle in the village shall be permitted;
b) the terms and conditions on which and the extent to which any resident may obtain wood, timber, fuel or any other forest produce; and mooram (type of soil), kankar (type of soil), sand, earth, clay, stones or any other minor minerals.
Ramanathan, Usha. 2002. "Common Land and Common Property Resources." In Land Reforms in India: Issues of Equity in Rural Madhya Pradesh, ed. Praveen K. Jha, 427. New Delhi: Sage


A survey is an operation carried out to bring the records of an area upto date and pertains to revision or correction of field maps, division of land into survey numbers, recording of old survey numbers and power to re-number or sub-divide survey numbers, groupings of villages to form tehsils or districts and preparation of record rights of an area.


Patta is a land revenue record which establishes the title/ ownership of land. The patta register is maintained at the Tehsil office and contains ownership details of all land holdings.


The patwari is in charge of keeping the records at the village level. This person maintains land records, statistical data, and land measurements of the village. She or he could be holding records of one to four villages, a cluster called a halka. The patwari is the interface between the landholder and the state revenue department. The work of the patwari is supervised by the revenue inspector, who is the next highest functionary. A revenue inspector’s circle may contain 80 to 90 villages, grouped into 15 to 19 patwari circles.

Patwari Maps

Maps of the village maintained by the Patwari are patwari maps.