Meghalaya Govt feigns ignorance over ‘attempts’ to get border villagers register land with Assam
By Our Correspondent, TNT News | Shillong, Dec 13, 2017:
Deputy Chief Minister in charge of Revenue and Disaster Management, Prof RC Laloo on Wednesday said that the State Government does not have any kind of information on any move on the part of the Assam Government to encourage the villagers of the border villages in Meghalaya to register their land with Assam.
While replying to a question raised by Nongthymmai UDP legislator, Jemino Mawthoh during the Question Hour in the Assembly on Wednesday, Prof Laloo also said that as of now, there is no contemplation from the department side to reduce the amount of registration of land in the border areas.
According to the Deputy Chief Minister, it is the respective Deputy Commissioner who fixed the rate on the land registration depending on the need and requirement of the district.
To another question raised by the Nongthymmai UDP legislator on the decision of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to offer free registration of land belonging to people residing in the border areas, Prof Laloo said that the Government is not aware about such decision on the part of the KHADC.
Meanwhile, Nongkrem HSPDP legislator asked whether the land registration with the Deputy Commissioner has more legal binding or the land registration with the Autonomous District Councils.
"If the land registration with the Deputy Commissioner is legally binding then the process of registering the land with the district councils should be done away with. We need to have a complete clarity on this issue for the benefit of the people," he said.
Basaiawmoit also questioned whether there are dual authorities dealing with the issue of the land registration or not.
In his reply, Prof Laloo said that the question of dual authorities does not arise since land registration is being done at the Deputy Commissioner office while the Government always take the confidence of the district councils while conducting any kind of land survey.