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On 30th December 1884, Lord Dufferin
took up deliberation of the Bengal Tenancy Bill inherited from the previous administration. As a revision of the Act of 1859, the bill revised the definition of occupancy rights of the 'ryot' or tenant cultivator which had been previously set at twelve years. The revised tenancy bill also secured for the landlord a fair share of the increased value associated with soil's product and outlined rules for resolving disputes between landlord and ryot.
On 6 April 1885, Lord Dufferin removed numerous safeguards and the bill subsequently passed into law. The Bengal Tenancy Act thus came into force.
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