Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh decides to withdraw controversial land bill

1 month ago Rajeev K Sharma 0

Raipur(Chattisgarh): Chief Minister Mr. Raman Singh decides to take back state  Land Revenue Code(Amendment) Bill, 2017. This bill is for purchased tribal lands for government projects in Chattisgarh. The bill was opposed by tribal community as this was not in their favor.

Before conducting a cabinet meeting CM meets with some tribal leaders to discuss this issue on Thursday. Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by Chattisgarh assembly last month and was sent to Governor Balram Das Tandon for his consent.

Earlier, Congress party delegation from the state meet with Governor Balram Das Tandon and requested him to not to give his consent, saying that the bill is not in favor of a tribal community in Chattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh decides to withdraw controversial land bill
Balram Das Tandon

The opposition party claimed that with this bill the ruling BJP led government is trying to pass away restriction of the purchase of tribal lands in the state. However not only this bill is criticised by Congress but the Sarva Adivasi Samaj leaders and some of the BJP leaders too criticised this controversial bill.

Earlier on Dec 21, 2017, this bill was passed by Chattisgarh State assembly. In favor of Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Revenue Minister Premprakash Pandey said that’s it becomes necessary to bring some amendment to section 165 of the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code, 1959. He added in the statement that if the land acquisition process is simplified then it would eliminate all the hindrances coming in the path of development and fast development will take place within the state. Pandey also assured the House that land acquired from tribals will not be misused.

The opposition in the assembly, led by Congress Legislative Party Leader T. S Singhdeo, vehemently opposed the Amendment Bill.The opposition leaders said the land of tribals is secured only due to the stringent laws for the protection of tribal land, therefore no amendment should be brought in the Land Revenue Code. In these areas, tribal peoples can sell their land with the permission of Collectors.