The revenue department officials have been informing the government that since the law does not permit the regularisation of the sale of tribal land, a solution to the matter is impossible.
The move to amend the regulation was aimed at allowing the transfer of tribal land to non-tribals in scheduled areas of the state.
BJP members marched to the Governor’s house after the Assembly was adjourned demanding immediate withdrawal of the cabinet decision.
Majhi said the BJP requested the speaker to allow a motion to discuss the issue suspending other businesses of the House.
However, the seemingly forward-looking move - now-withheld - which sought to give tribals flexibility to use their land for personal purposes has landed the Odisha government in a quirky situation.
However, the manner in which the decision on transfer of land was taken by the cabinet and its withdrawal has come in for strong criticism.
The Congress had at that time demanded tribals be allowed to mortgage their land for availing loans.
According to BJP chief Marnadi, if Chief Minister himself is corrupt, how will he stop corruption in the state?
In the forest areas on which tribal claimed their first right, a total of 16,070.58 hectares of land has been diverted to various development purposes under the Forest Conservation Act 1980.
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