The conglomeration of organisations known as SOMALA (Social Organisations of Meghalaya against Land Alienation) has slammed the state government for not renewing a notification, the absence of which has effectively led to the abeyance of the Meghalaya Transfer of Land Regulation Act, 1971.
In a press release today, SOMALA said that a notification regarding the ‘competent authority’ that decides on the legality of the sale and purchase of land between tribals and non-tribals in Meghalaya was not renewed and this the conglomeration pointed out to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma when its representatives met him in 2019 on the issue.
“The question arises how the state government will resolve the issue of illegal transfer and illegal registration of land in Meghalaya,” the press release stated today.
As a result, much tribal land has been sold “illegally”, it claimed. “It is also regrettable that MLAs kept silent on the issue of implementation of the Land Transfer Act during their term of office,” SOMALA added.