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Ahead of polls, Assam puts curbs on inter-faith land sale for 3 months

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GUWAHATI: Assam govt has suspended granting of

no-objection certificates

(NOCs) for sale and purchase of land where the buyer and seller are from different religions for three months, claiming the move was aimed at preventing any

communal tension

in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
Underlining that “attempts are being made on the part of vested interests to create conflict on communal lines”, the revenue and disaster management (registration) department, in its March 7 order that came into immediate effect, said intelligence inputs had pointed out bids to fraudulently transfer land belonging to certain religious communities in some places to other communities. The order, however, does not specify the religious communities it is referring to.
Exceptions will be made if the district commissioner is of the view that “granting of such NOC is absolutely necessary for attending circumstances and will not lead to any breach of law and order”. In that case, the NOC may be issued with prior concurrence of the state inspector general of registration.
For registration of sale deeds of immovable property like land, an NOC from the district registrar is required. Elections to the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state will be held in three phases – April 19, April 26 and May 7.

A large number of indigenous people in Assam were landless due to irregularities in records until 2021, when BJP-led govt rolled out one of its flagship programmes, Mission Basundhara, to streamline and make land revenue services more accessible to citizens. The mission envisages reducing the pendency in updating land records through accelerated disposal of services sought by citizens.
Mission Basundhara 2.0, launched in 2022, addressed the land rights of the indigenous people, while Mission Basundhara 3.0, which will commence after Lok Sabha polls, will introduce next-generation reforms.

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