Chairman of Committee on Land Matters to visit isles

Port Blair
28 Aug 2017

The Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted a Committee to examine and make recommendation on the land matters of Andaman & Nicobar Islands recently. The Committee includes Mr Vivek Rae, Ex-Chief Secretary, A&N Administration  as Chairman, Principal Secretary, Revenue A&N Administration (Convenor), Principal Secretary, Finance A&N Administration, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Deputy Commissioner of the concerned District as Members and representative of MHA not below the rank of Under Secretary.
The terms of references of the committee include whether amount paid as compensation to the people / farmers whose lands were submerged during tsunami 2004 should be treated as a relief package and land surrendered in lieu thereof to the government be returned to them, whether the amount paid as compensation to the farmers whose lands were submerged and land surrendered by them was adequate, whether excess land occupied by post -1942 (but pre-1961) settlers can and should be regularised and the modality thereof; examine the demand for regularization of encroachment of revenue land by post- 1978 settlers and make recommendations; examine the demand for allotment of revenue land to post-1978 encroachers of forest land who have to be removed therefrom on orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and make recommendations; examine the need, and efficacy, of a bill for preventing further encroachment of revenue and forests lands including stiff penal provisions. Any regulation made earlier in respect of encroachment of forest and revenue land may be taken into account while examining the issue.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Vivek Rae, former Chief Secretary of A&N Administration) is scheduled to visit these islands next month. He will chair a meeting on Terms of References and discussion with concerned officers on September  5 at 3 pm in the conference hall of Secretary, hold meeting with PRI members and Municipal Councillors at 10 am on September  6 in the auditorium of TGCE and later hold a public hearing at the same venue from 3 pm. Mr Rae will also meet PRI members from  general public of North and Middle Andaman district on September 7 at 3 pm in the Mayabunder Guest House. Interested parties have been requested to participate and present their  views and suggestions as per schedule.