No land records of hill districts as yet: Manipur revenue minister

No land records of hill districts as yet: Manipur revenue minister
Karam Shyam (File)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 20 | Publish Date: 9/20/2020 12:08:27 PM IST

Manipur revenue minister Karam Shyam on Sunday appealed to people in the hill districts to allow land survey to avoid inconveniences and difficulties in future.

It may be mentioned that Manipur government took up land survey in the hill districts of the state to digitise the land records under Centre’s Computerisation of Land Records (CLR) scheme started in 1988-89. 

However, the process of digitisation of the land record remained incomplete for the hill districts due to objections to land survey by the hill people, particularly tribal based civil society organisations as they feared the process would infringe land ownership rights of the tribal people.

So far, villages in the hill districts of Manipur have not been surveyed as they come under scheduled areas of the protective Article 371C of the Indian constitution to safeguard rights of the scheduled tribes in Manipur. 

Ninety percent of Manipur’s topography is hills while the rest is valley. 

Addressing a function at a tribal village in Imphal West district on Sunday, revenue minister Karam Shyam said that the land survey in the hill district could not be carried out due to objections.

The function was organized to hand over 122 jamabandi (settlement record) to residents of Langthabal Khoupum village in Imphal West district.

The minister said that the idea of conducting land survey in the hill districts of the state was to digitise the land records and maintain them. 

“Claiming ownership of land without proper documentation will create problems and inconveniences in future,” the minister observed. 

He said there was no question on compromising tribal customary and traditional land holding system rights, asserting that they will continue to be the owners of their lands.

He further opined that replacing the traditional method survey land records by satellite base method which he said will be more accurate. 

The survey report will also help the government at the time of taking up various developmental schemes and projects in the hill districts and prevent any inconveniences and difficulties in the future, he maintained.

Revealing that currently survey and resurvey are conducted using the traditional method (Cadastral Survey), the revenue minister appealed to people in the hills to cooperate with the government to activate digitization of land records even in the hills.

State revenue commissioner RK Dinesh, administrative secretary of the department Y Rajen and other officials of the concerned department attended the occasion.


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