Odishatv Bureau

The Odisha Assembly was adjourned for the second time for 45 minutes following a protest by the Opposition over the issue pertaining to the scheduled tribes (ST) and the transfer of their lands to non-tribals in Odisha. 

To address the stalemate, Odisha Assembly speaker Pramila Mallik called for an all-party meeting. 

Earlier today, the house was adjourned till 12 pm following the protest by the Opposition parties immediately after the proceedings began in the morning.

Opposition MLAs from Congress and BJP raised slogans against the State government and demanded the Odisha cabinet to re-evaluate the bill regarding the transfer of tribal lands.

Speaking about the transfer of land bill, Congress Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Suresh Chandra Routray said, “It is an injustice being done by the Odisha government. If needed, the government will not hesitate to sell our own land. The Odisha Govt. needs to have a proper discussion before implementing the bill.”

Similarly, BJP MLA and Opposition chief whip, Mohan Majhi said that the Odisha Cabinet’s decision of transferring the tribal lands will not benefit them in any manner. This decision from the Odisha govt. is a clear indication of encroaching the lands of the poor. We demand the Odisha govt. to withdraw this bill. It is a sensitive matter and action needs to be taken to save the lands of the tribal people.”

It is to be noted that on November 17, the Odisha government withheld the decision taken in the Cabinet meeting held on November 14 regarding the transfer of tribal lands. Revenue Minister Sudam Marndi informed about the development on his social media account X (earlier known as Twitter).

“The proposed Amendment to Regulation-2 of 1956 discussed in the Cabinet meeting held on 14th November 2023, regarding the transfer of Tribal lands has been withhold,” Marndi posted on X.

Earlier on November 14, the Odisha Cabinet had decided to amend a law allowing the scheduled tribe people (ST) to transfer their land to non-tribals in scheduled areas with written permission from the sub-collector.