Pradeep Pattanayak

Demanding the complete withdrawal of the Odisha government’s decision to allow the scheduled tribe people (ST) to transfer their land to non-tribals in scheduled areas, the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to launch a state-wide strike in all tribal-dominated blocks from tomorrow. 

Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Manoj Mohapatra informed this on Thursday. 

“We are going to launch a strike from tomorrow in all tribal-dominated blocks and we will continue this till the government doesn’t withdraw its cabinet decision,” said Mohapatra. 

No comments have been received from the ruling BJD in this regard.

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On November 14, the Odisha Cabinet decided to amend The Odisha Scheduled Areas Transfer of Immovable Property (by STs) Regulation, 1956. 

In the cabinet meeting, it was decided that ST persons can gift, exchange for public purposes, or obtain a loan by mortgaging a plot of land in a public financial institution for agriculture, construction of a residential house, higher studies of children, self-employment, business or establishment of small-scale industries or transfer it in favour of a person not belonging to ST community for these purposes.

However, the government’s decision had put it in the crosshairs of the Opposition BJP and the Congress who demanded immediate withdrawal of the decision. 

The Opposition parties have warned to stage protests across the State in the coming days if the Cabinet decision regarding the transfer of tribal lands is not withdrawn.

Following this, the government kept the decision on the back burner. 

Later, bowing to the severe protest from the Opposition parties, the government on November 24 decided to send the amendment of the Odisha Scheduled Areas Transfer of Immoveable Property Regulation, 1956 to the Tribal Advisory Council for review. After making some necessary changes, the council will submit the same.

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