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Ibobi Govt Lifts Ban On Sale Of Land In Imphal

IMPHAL,  Jan 16: Manipur government has lifted the ban on sale of land and immovable property in the Imphal municipal area. The move came after the Imphal bench of Gauhati High court passed an order, directing the state government to lift the ban.

Revenue commissioner S. Sundarlal issued an order on January 13 lifting the ban.

The state government, through a notification issued on May 14 last year had imposed a blanket ban on sale of plots and immovable property within Imphal municipal limit.

The government step followed threats to non-Manipuris by militants who asked them to leave Manipur and go back to their respective states. Unidentified armed persons shot dead more than 30 migrants, mostly from Bihar, at various places in the four valley districts of Manipur, last year, causing serious concern to the Okram Ibobi Singh government.

In the wake of the series of attacks on the migrants, some non-Manipuri businessmen left Imphal and migrant workers also fled the state.

But most of those who had left Manipur last year have returned as the situation has normalized, an official source said.

Official sources said the ban was necessitated in view of reports that non-Manipuris doing business and owning lands within the Imphal municipal area were threatened by individuals with the motive of buying their lands and property at cheaper rate, taking advantage of the militants’ threats.

By imposing the ban, the government had hoped to prevent unwanted elements issuing threats and forcible transfer of land and immovable property from non-Manipuri owners to others.

The Imphal bench, in an order passed on January 10, directed the state government to lift the ban within 10 days. The high court order came after the general secretary of the All Manipur Bar Association Y. Priyokumar, filed a PIL against the imposition of the ban on sale of land and immovable property.

In the petition, Priyokumar argued that the ban was imposed as a temporary embargo but the state government was not making any effort to either cancel or amend the order even after seven months. The petition also argued that because of the ban, the poor and those in the low-income group residing within the Imphal municipal area were facing problems as they could not sell their land and property.

Landowners hailed the government decision. ‘I can now sell my plot of land and building whenever I want to leave Manipur and shift my business to another state,’ a non-Manipuri businessman said.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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