Seraikela: State minister Dr Louis Marandi on Monday said the state government had set up a sub-committee of Tribal Advisory Council to seek suggestions from the people on proposals to end certain limiting provisions in the CNT Act which prohibit sale and purchase of land beyond the same police station area.
She said suggestions were being invited from intellectuals, social activists, NGOs, public representatives and the public in general in this regard. She said the state government would take decision in the larger public interest.
The minister, addressing the TAC sub-committee meeting at the Seraikela-Kharsawan District Collectorate, said several non-tribal persons had suggested that they should be kept out of the purview of certain provisions of the SPT Act prohibiting sale and purchase of land by them to other non-tribal people.
Dr Marandi said there was confusion among the people regarding the CNT Act and SPT Act provisions related to police station area restrictions. She said efforts would be made to dispel such confusion.
TAC member JB Tubid, also present at the meeting, said the sub-committee had been formed with the sole purpose of inviting public views and suggestions on the tenancy issue. He said no amendment would be made in the tenancy laws if public opinion went against the same.
Among others present at the meeting included Potka MLA Menka Sardar, former MLA Devendra Nath Champia, DC Chhavi Ranjan, district administration officials, public representatives and local residents.