DIPHU, Oct 14: The Karbi Students Union (KSU) on Sunday carried out postering works in and around Diphu town demanding immediate arrest of all officials involved in facilitating periodic land pattas to non-ST, initiate inquiry to check all illegal land pattas issued in the Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts and immediate cancellation of land pattas issued to non-ST in the districts.
KSU president George Timung while speaking to media informed that as per the Meghalaya Transfer of Land (Regulation) Act 1971, no land in Meghalaya shall be transferred by a tribal to a non-tribal or by a non- tribal to another non-tribal except with the previous sanction of the competent authority. It prohibit any transfer of land within such area or areas as may be specified in the notification and there upon the competent authority shall not sanction any such transfer of land under the provision of the Act, within such area or areas.
“In Nagaland too State laws prohibit sell of land to non-tribal or outsiders. The ownership differs from community to community among the Naga tribes.The land is classified as either clan land or village land. Even today some follow their traditional land holding,” he added.
No land in Mizoram can be sold, mortgaged, leased, gifted or otherwise transferred by a tribal to a non-tribal without the permission of the administrator and even in Karbi Anglong districts, which was created under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India no land can be sold, mortgaged, leased or gifted by tribal to non-tribal and to buy the land is out of question. In spite of that some non-ST are illegally bought land which is a violation of the land right enshrined in the Sixth Schedule. We therefore demand action against those officials involved and call upon the authority for cancellation of all land pattas issued to non-ST.
“The names published in the poster are just the tip of the iceberg and there are more to be detected who are illegally bought land in Karbi Anglong,” informed Timung.