Aiming to put a brake on the continuing fraud with the tribal community in Jharkhand in the name of SAR (Schedule Areas Regulatory) courts, the Government has decided to do away with the land settlement system in place. Holding a review meeting on Wednesday Chief Minister Raghubar Das issued a direction in this direction. “The CM has directed to end up SAR Courts within a week’s time. It is in the direction of no-nonsense attitude towards the Scheduled Tribes. It has been felt that the community has been cheated more in the name of land settlements done. If any complaint comes up, then a more agile system would settle it at the earliest,” said Revenue and Land Reform Department Secretary KK Soan.
There have been complaints about irregularities taking place while settling cases of land dispute belonging to tribals in the State. In many cases, tribal lands were transferred fraudulently to non-tribals that goes against the spirit of CNT/SPT Acts, meant to protect the property of tribal peoples. “The CM has asked us to start working in that direction with immediate effect and also for taking follow up the procedures required for it. It is expected that the action would decrease crimes relating to land deals taking place in large numbers,” said the official.
The SAR courts were set up under Scheduled Areas Regulation, 1969 to expedite the process of land restoration to tribals.