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Industrial land in Meghalaya in abeyance
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 23:
Published on 24 Mar. 2011 12:04 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Wednesday said an executive order to keep all land acquisition by Industries in abeyance till the state Industrial policy is reviewed.
“The industrial policy is being reviewed because several companies were found to be acquiring land much more than their requirement for setting up plants,” he told legislators in the assembly during the Question Hour.
Sangma, who is also holding the Industries portfolio, said the state land transfer act would also be amended with suitable clauses to protect the interest of the indigenous communities of the state.
As per the existing Land transfer Act, even though non-tribal population are barred from acquiring land in the Sixth Schedule areas under the control of the three autonomous district councils, any tribe from the northeast figured in the Scheduled Tribe list can buy and sell land in Meghalaya.
Various local organisations have raised this issue, demanding prohibition of acquiring land by other northeastern tribes in Meghalaya. In the past decade, there has been a spurt of land purchase in Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya. “We are reviewing the industrial policy because many industries have acquired land much more than they require for setting up plants. Industries need to be regulated,” Sangma said.
He said the drafting mining policy would have a judicious balance for use of the state’s natural resources by industries without adversely discouraging investments.
In all, there are 13 cement plants in the state having an installed production capacity of about 16 thousand tonne of cement daily.
Moreover, five more applications for setting up new plants are awaiting approval from the government, the CM said.

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