Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill being opposed strictly

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2018 11:42:21


Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Jan 5,

Up against the amendment in the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the outraged Sarv Adivasi Samaj has decided to take the fights to the streets. In this direction the Samaj will be carrying out demonstrations at all 146 block head quarters on Saturday, where they will be burning the effigies of state government. On February 10, they will be taking out a major rally in the state Capital in opposition of the Bill.

Former IAS and President of Sarv Adivasi Samaj B P S Netam while talking to media persons said the whole amendment is unconstitutional. He said the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 is direct violation of Article 19(5), 19(6), 244, 275, 368 and 13(3) of Indian Constitution. He claimed that the Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey who had addressed a press conference on the issue along with three tribal Ministers including Kedar Kashyap, Ramsewak Paikra and Mahesh Gagda, didn’t have any influence on the tribals. He said the Ministers had claimed that the Amendment is not detrimental to the interests of tribals but how to believe them.

Netam said the state government has lost faith of tribals and now it is trying to deceive them. He said the tribal Ministers and MLAs who are now giving their silent support to the amendment, how they will react when their own children will suffer. He called upon all social organization to come out in full strength to oppose the Bill on Saturday and the mega rally on February 10. He alleged that the state government wants to take land holdings of tribals and remove them from their land, jungle in order to fulfill their secret agenda. Netam said they will also approach the Governor for requesting him to return this Bill. In fact they will ask him not to sign the Bill and directly forward to the President of India.

Meanwhile, keeping in view the stiff opposition from the Sarv Adivasi Samaj against the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the State Government has extended invitation to the leaders of Sarv Adivasi Samaj as well as other leaders connected with them for discussions on the issue. Accordingly, it is likely that Secretary-level officials will be holding discussions with the tribal leaders on January 9 at 4pm. The meeting has been fixed after the tribal leaders had met Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and registered their resentment. The Sarv Adivasi leaders are pressuring to carry out amendment on the basis of Constitutional Provisions laid under Article 244, Article 244(1) and Article 244 (1)-4 as well as other relevant Acts.

Former Union Minister Arvind Netam and former BJP MP Sohan Potai have also rejected the arguments given by Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey in favour of Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017. They asked the government what was the difficulty of government in land acquisition and development in tribal areas ahead of bringing this amendment. What is the requirement of the amendment, they asked adding that this has been brought for the benefit of some industrialists.

All allegations are misleading

RAIPUR,

Jan 5,

Bharatiya Janata Party State President Scheduled Tribe Cell Siddhanath Paikra while terming the allegations leveled by Congress leader Shishupal Sori as misleading said the Congress is dilemma since it is losing in elections after elections. He said the Congress which works on the British philosophy of Divide and Rule, has done nothing for the tribals during their governance of 60 years. They have always misled the tribals and not shedding crocodile tears. Paikra said the State Government has already given its clarification on Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and had assured that the amendment has not been brought to benefit others. He said the Chief Minister has already called a meeting of tribal leaders and the things will be clarified in  it. 

Nand Kumar Sai for immediate repealing of the amendment Bill

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Nand Kumar Sai has come down heavily against the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Demanding immediate repealing of the amendment Bill, Sai said the amendment is detrimental to the interests of tribals.

Talking to The Hitavada, NCST Chairman Nand Kumar Sai said the amendment has been wrongfully carried out and it has developed resentment in the Tribal community against the State Government. He further added that senior tribal leaders have expressed their resentment to him. Sai further added that the Commission had received complaint in this direction and very soon the Commission will be issuing notice to the State Government.

It is worth mentioning here that during the Winter Session, the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Chhattisgarh Assembly amidst stiff opposition from the principal opposition party Congress. Due to opposition the Amendment Bill had went to Division of Votes but was passed after voting wherein it received 43 votes in favour and 31 votes in opposition. 

Sai further added that by carrying out an amendment, the state government has given right to purchase tribal land in consensus with the land owner. This notion is very incorrect and is against the principal objective of the Constitution. He said earlier also tribal lands were wrongfully transferred in name of others. But later an amendment had been made in Land Revenue Act and under its Section 170 B, such transferred lands can be taken back.

Meanwhile, sources have averred that senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and National President of BJP ST Wing has also reportedly opposed the Amendment carried out by the State Government. Meanwhile, Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey while addressing media persons on Thursday had termed that the Congress is trying to mislead the people. The Revenue Minister had then stated in Assembly that if the land acquisition process is simplified, it would pave way for development and the fast development would take place in the state.

Highlighting the necessity for the amendment of Sub-section 2 of Section 165 of the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code, 1959, the Revenue Minister had stated that through this amendment, the state government can purchase the land holdings of tribal people and the state government will be using the said land as per its requirement. He said the Land Acquisition Act is already there, under which it can acquire land but this Amendment has been effected for taking land in consensus with the land owner. The state government after acquiring the land will not give it to private entities but it could be given to CSIDC.