Land Transfer Act restored to original form

People did not want to wait for long term fruits: CM

Gangtok, 20 Sept:

A fresh amendment to the Sikkim Regulation of Transfer of Land Act has restored the Act to its original form after having been tweaked barely four months ago.

Introduced by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who is also the Minister In-Charge for Land Revenue, the amendment was passed today on the second day of the ongoing Assembly Session.

And IPR press release, quotes the CM as explaining the turnaround, thus: “But people did not want to wait for the long term fruit so the Government had to again amend it and restore it in its original form. Thus, with this Amendment Bill passed by the House today, people can continue to buy and sell land as per the existing practice.”

He explained that the idea behind the amendments which were rolled back today was “to ensure that Sikkimese of every community is secure and are not landless.”

These amendments, apart from protecting the private land holdings of Limboo, Tamang and Sherpa communities from alienation to other communities, as also those of OBCs and Schedules Castes, had also included a proviso which required sellers to retain a minimum acreage, below which they could not sell their lands or would require special permissions to be able to do so.

Syari MLA, KN Lepcha, also participated in the discussions on the latest amendment.

It may be mentioned here that some confusion, including criticism by some groups had followed in the wake of the amendments moved four months ago.