SHILLONG, April 07: Taking cognizance of the confusion arising out of the multiple authorities prevalent in the state in as far as the issue pertaining to land, the Meghalaya State Planning Board (MSPB)’s working group – III on Friday pitched for an amendment of the Indian Registration Act, 1908.
This suggestion was made during a review meeting of the working group - III of the State Planning Board chaired by its co-chairman John F Kharshiing which was attended by various line departments, traditional leaders and other stakeholders.
The meeting deliberated on the registration of community assets with the multiple authorities at village, hima, ADCs and Revenue under IRA, which involves payment of fees at many levels.
Stating that the issue lacks clarity, especially during the implementation process of various schemes related to creating community assets, Kharshiing said that the MSPB has requested the law department to see if the IRA, 1908 can be amended.
He said there are various indigenous lands which include Raid Land Clan Land, Sacred Forests and Private Land, which may require special provisions and legislation for registration of these unique lands holding system in our state.
“If such lands are to be registered under IRA there will be some conflict,” Kharshiing said.
Meanwhile, the working group – III of the State Planning Board has urged the local and traditional authorities in the state to come up with maps of their respective areas of jurisdiction.
“The Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) has expressed its willingness to start with the exercise,” Kharshiing informed further adding that the JHADC is however worried about the land dispute among the elakas.
Kharshiing observed that proper mapping of areas of jurisdiction by various local and traditional authorities will not only help resolve boundary disputes but will also help address the issue of landlessness in the state.